A police officer will see you as a threat until he/she has control of your weapon and you, whether your weapon is under your foot OR in your holster. A holstered weapon is not perceived as an immediate threat by the police. Furthermore, I wont act threateningly and I will follow their directions until my weapon and I have been secured.
And don't think that a police officer who is unfamiliar with your weapon is any safer trying to download your weapon...whether it was retrieved from under your foot or from your holster.
So you can keep your firearm on the deck if you want. But I certainly wont. I will re-holster and wait, keeping my weapon where I can quickly and easily access it if I need it again.
NRA Life Member (2003)
I think that one of the notions common to the anti-gunner is the idea that being a victim is 'noble'; as if it is better to be noble in your suffering than disruptive in your own defense.