Henry, The people on this thread are just trying to help you out. In most states, just allowing a gun butt to be visible (even with out the intent to intimidate) is a criminal offense known generically as Brandishing. Such a conviction would forfeit your CCW permanently. In open carry the responsibility is similar as Tig already stated. You can be prosecuted just for scaring some one with the weapon. In most parts of the country that means jail time and the loss of your right to own a firearm. That doesn't even come close to covering the more serious implications of such an action. For example, almost any employer can justly terminate or refuse to hire a person for this kind of conviction. Be wise and respect the law. There are far more appropriate and manly ways to deal with the jerks in this world. "Going off" on some one is for boys.