Tips for a CCW and Police Stop

Besides taking on and  eliminating a threat, one of the most dangerous times when concealed carrying is being stopped by the police and carrying a firearm.

I am not saying that all police are bad. I would even say that most are just doing their jobs the best they can.  Traffic stops are dangerous for them and you have to realize that, a ccw and a police stop just adds to their nervousness. The fact is during a traffic stop the things you do can easily escalate the moment and cause something bad to happen.

Now always remember to get legal advice, go to a lawyer.  With that out of the way, there are a couple things I really like about the video below.  I like the fact that they tell you not to use the word gun.  That can trigger a whole bunch of actions. I like the calm approach that they advocate.  The worst thing you want to do is cop an attitude with a cop.  If you didn't see it at the beginning , one of the actors is Massad Ayoob, a very well renowned firearms instructor.

Check out the video, leave a comment. I know it will provoke some discussion for its disarming conversation.

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Comments

  1. I’m inclined to agree with this video. Even if you aren’t carrying, I would advise always keeping your hands on the wheel unless the officer requests something of you. I’ve read on some forums that including your permit with license would be threatening to an officer. The fact is the firearm will add tension to the situation. Discretely volunteering the information if better than yelling out or the officer finding out without you telling him. Its important to know some states require immediate notification to an officer if stopped. Certainly firearm or even weapon is a better word choice than the G word.

    • there is a very good chance the officer already knows the owner of the vehicle is a CCW holder. they are running your plates before you even get completely stopped. The best thing you should do, and i do have a CCW here in NC, is to put your hands on the wheel and when the officer walks up calmly notify them that you are a CCW permit holder and are awaiting their instructions. dont make a move unless told to do so.

      • Actually a persons CCW status is highly protected, almost like your SSN. The law actually provides for fines to be levied against a LEO/organization for unwarranted or frivolous use/access to the DB.

        • Actually the permit is the property of the state that you live in, just like your OL. The CCDW is automatically ran when your license is checked in some states, like mine. There is no problem, nor fine for checking on a CCDW status.

          • CCW is not highly protected, some states automatically list your permit if your plate or license is run and having one I have no problem with it. I’m doing nothing wrong so why would I worry. Respect and common sense go a long way, good advice in video.

          • The laws vary from State to State. As a whole all States require you to notify the LEO ASAP. In Texas you only have to notify them if they ask for your ID. Up until that point they do not need to know. Now also in Texas, if they run your DL the dispatcher will tell the LEO “Be advised current CHL” and that is all the info the dispatcher knows. If there is any request to the list of holders for a given CHL holder the State is required to send the CHL holder a letter stating who, when, and why they requested it.

          • @thorkyl – Actually, in Kentucky, CCDW holders are under no obligation to notify LEO’s that they have a CCDW License or if they’re carrying a firearm. I’m a police officer and teach CCDW classes for the state of KY. The curriculum advises the CCDW applicant that the best practice is to notify officers if they are carrying but, it is not required by law.

          • Having been a Law Enforcement Officer for 38 years, and involved in 1000s of traffic stops, I always ask the driver if there are any weapons, ie; guns, knives in the car, and if their answer is yes, I ask to see their Permit, and where they’re kept.
            In some of the earlier comments, I noticed a very good reply, place your hands, and that’s what I do, if stopped, on the steering wheel, and no unusual movements.
            Some State laws differ, but I’ve never seen one that complys with Ryan’s comment above, that it’s privileged, like your SSN, not so.
            Safety is of the utmost importance, and that goes for the officer’s as well, so if you are legal, we don’t want them.
            I wish every legal citizen carried…
            God Bless..

          • anan seven says:

            Thorkyl,, they know you have CCW pernit and they will confiscate gun if you are carrying and the permit if you have committed a crime or felonies that violate the conditions of having a gun or said permit, and you might get taken into custody for unlawful possession of firearm

    • Frank Ivey says:

      as soon as I get up from the computer i”m going to put my ccw license and my driver’s license together. Thanks for the video.

    • Why doesn’t the officer have that information when he stops you? He has all your other info, unless you are a felon, in which case, you wouldn’t have a gun anyways.

      • Hey spankt119, I agree with basically all of your statement, except the ending, to which I would say: …you SHOULDN’T have a gun anyways. Most felons are felons for a reason…they don’t/didn’t always obey the law. I would have to say that I would be nervous at any traffic stop, if I were a cop.
        I have been stopped twice, while CCW, and both times, before the trooper could utter a word, I greeted them, and politely informed them that “I have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and I have a ******************, loaded, safety on, in my*****************”. Both times, I was instructed not to make any fast moves, and that they did not need to see the weapon, or for me to get out of my vehicle. The only bad thing was the fines, which were promptly paid, LOL!

    • In Arkansas when I took my class the instructor told us to hand the officer your permit with your DL even if your carrying or not..

      • Same thing I was told in Texas.

        • Sgt Charlie says:

          Likewise. I’m Active Duty Army and live here in TX and have my CHL. I always just hand them my military ID, DL and CHL card with my registration and insurance.
          They usually ask me if I’m carrying, when they see the CHL card, and then (when I acknowledge that I am) they take it from there. I’ve had one officer ask me to exit the vehicle and disarm me, “For his protection”… But I’ve had 4 encounters like this and that was the only one that did anything different than a normal stop. (I actually got out of the speeding tickets on all 4 occasions (probably because I’m military)).

          • Actually, in TX if you follow all the steps(windows down, dome light on, hands on the steering wheel, and all IDs together), LE have put out memos telling officers to let you slide for minor offences.

  2. Very informative video, well put together and how I was instructed when I took my CCL class in Arkansas. Even though I have moved back home to Illinois and still waiting for class’s to start I enjoyed this video. I am re-posting to my Facebook page. Thank You.

    • Dennis P. Cucinella says:

      Agreed Gary. Also Massad Ayoob wrote a book called “In the gravest extreme” which I would recommend to anyone thinking about ccw, before you carry. It is very well written and gives you great insight as to handling a situation with LEO & perps. Keep up the good fight.

  3. Wonderful video…ty so much!

  4. Zin Matthews says:

    Excellent video, good advice for all concerned and even though I don’t carry a gun, I know many people who do and this message is helpful and important to know to protect yourself, your rights and to respect law enforcement officials!

  5. Very good video well put together should be shown on TV news channel once in a while to
    keep people informed of procedure. Thank You.

  6. Shellie Dean says:

    I always wondered how to handle this, and whether to produce my CCW permit if I get stopped for a traffic violation, even if I do not have a weapon on me at the time.
    Thank you for the advice.

  7. great info ! being a retired police officer everything was said and done the right way!

  8. VERY VERY GOOD VIDEO

  9. Tim Barringer says:

    Keeping things calm is best. Great advice and video.

  10. Some nice tips here – nothing to hide if you are a law-abiding responsible gun owner.

  11. I was stopped in south Florida for a blown headlight out. The officer was alone and asked for id and I handed him both at the same time. He then asked where the gun was at. I answered in my back right pocket. He asked me to exit the vehicle facing away from him. I did, he secured my weapon. Wrote me a warning ticket and returned my weapon to me with bullets removed.

    • Ya, I always get my gun back with all the bullets removed as well. But I’ve also had a couple times where I informed the officer that I was carrying and he said “so! don’t show me yours and I won’t show you mine!” lol

    • Thank you Jason, I live in S FL and wasn’t sure how this should & or would be handled.

  12. teresa hammontree says:

    this video should be put to use by the NRA,as an infomercial. Great knowledge

  13. Thanks for the video. Even though I have been around, and collecting firearms my entire life, I have only had my CCW for a few weeks.

    Just last night, I was thinking about how to handle a traffic stop, and keep it “routine”. it is reassuring to know that I had decided to handle a stop the same way as the video…hand my permit, and driver license with the permit visible on top, and keeping my hands on the wheel while letting the officer direct the situation.

    Very well produced video, with the extra responsibility of carrying a firearm, I can use all the advice I can get.

  14. I’ve dealt with this situation several times here in NC. I shut off the car, put my hands on the wheel with my id if there is time to get it before he exits the car. in North Carolina, ccw law requires notification of law enforcement when directly encountered so I start off with “I am required by law to inform you that I’m a concealed carry holder and I am armed”

    most of the officers I have met ask what I have and where it is, then they typically show a more relaxed demeanor because to get my ccwi went through a deep background check and most officers know that concealed carry holders are about five times less likely to commit a crime.

    some ask me to let the hold onto my pistol until we get done, no problem. others just ask me to keep my hands on the wheel, no problem there either. a couple have struck up a conversation about firearms, what’s fun to shoot, etc

    • I don’t think the lawman wants to see you fumbling around the vehicle as s/he approaches..

      • Ron Malinowski says:

        our department said not to even go for your license and that until instructed, that fidgeting in the car looking for it, raises alarm with officers, they said they don’t mind waiting 30 seconds for you to get that if they need it. (based on Kentucky city Citizens Police academy). They also made the comment, a person carrying is not a concern to them, they figured they paid to get the permit for their protection. and I do respect every state had specific laws, but that is why I said this was what was recommended and how they felt about CCDW

  15. It”s a license to carry, and nowhere in the 2nd amendment does it say that a cop must be comfortable with the idea that your carrying a weapon legally…..it makes me sick to see all the chicken shit americans that think the police are better than anyone else more important than everyone else…….they volunteered to do that JOB, they know people are legally allowed to exercise there RIGHTS, and these RIGHTS aren’t given by the people with badges.

    • Home Defense Gun says:

      Louie,
      It’s not being a chickenshit, it is about being staying alive during a traffic stop.

    • I don’t feel anyone is being chickenshit. I call it being courteous to the officer. I have always informed them when I’m carrying in a vehicle. I do not have a cc but always Carry in my vehicle when state laws allow. I live in SC so I’m allowed to carry in my vehicle as Ling as its out away. I just inform them I have a firearm on board and it’s put away as per state law. Now nc says we have to keep it on the dashboard. I’m not ok with having my gun just laying on my dash. I lay it on the seat and if I’m pulled over I lay it on the dash as required. I’m not a felon and have taken more than my share of hunter safety courses being from NYS orig. I just feel it’s common courtesy to inform an officer. It makes him feel better knowing you are being honest and open with them.

  16. Dana overfield says:

    In Va, you are not required to notify the officer you have a CCW or that you are carrying, HOWEVER, just as the video stated, I would provide my licenses ( drivers and CCW) for both of our protection. I feel safer letting the officer know that I am a responsible holder and he is safe. I also want to go home at the end of the day without any additional holes that I started with.

  17. if your a ccw and doing nothing wrong,What gives a law enforcement officer the right to disarm you?

    • The law gives the officer the right to disarm you. Do NOT argue law with an officer on the street. You will lose.

      • The law gives the officer the right to REQUEST THAT YOU SURRENDER your sidearm… DISARM is a whole nother portion of the law!

      • Actually the law does not give them the right to disarm you unless you are involved or suspected of being involved in a felony. To take your firearm because they are paranoid is a violation of 4th amendment rights and they can and will be held accountable if the individual that they would disarm knew their rights. Unfortunately a lot of officers might not know the law as good as they should or as good as a CCW holder that has had proper training. Learn your rights and the law and don’t let the ignorant get away with violating them. There are officers that know and understand this and there are officers that don’t. Very simple.

        • Of course you might have a verbal fight on your hands but it is up to you to choose the path you want to take.

        • I don’t know what lawyer gave you that advice but, if I were you, I’d get my money back. That is completely false.

        • Seems to me the safest place for a firearm is for it to stay in it’s holster, concealed. Handing it back and forth seems like unnecessary risk. Especially if you carry with one in the chamber and no safety…which is the right and ready way to carry for self defense.

    • is it a right to disarm?? I have heard, where they disarming you, allows them the feeling of “the larger hand..” that they can do this.. I suppose, clarification is needed in this aspect.. but, It doesn’t matter too much to me, should they do this. Its an authority trip! I really don’t care.. but, do they really have the right? Either way, I don’t have a point to prove to them… There is a complex inferiority with officer’s . I’ve dated them.. they are in my family.. I’ve gone to school with many of them. I have seen and are witness to the type of individual, a cop is.. usually.. but. not all! There is a Psychological aspect to be aware of and macho-ism is a big part of it! I think, we all need to arm ourselves with the knowledge-fully, in respect to which ever position, we may find ourselves in. As to be beneficial for what our rights are! So as not to abuse of them, nor pick a fight with the bully “cops”.. or be ignorant, even then, still!

  18. Skip Kirkwood says:

    His own safety.

  19. Showing them the id is similar to medieval knights raising their right hand when encountering each other. It is a sign of mutual respect.

  20. We were pulled over hauling 6 four wheelers during deer season. It was a routine check to see if the four wheelers were stolen. I was carrying 2 pistols we were traveling to Colorado. The problem was my wallet AND my gun were both in the same door pocket. Made me nervous so I announced my CHL, left my hands on the wheel and had all windows rolled down. (We had 4 guys in the truck and several carry). He asked for my ID. I said it was in the door pocket but never moved my hands from the wheel. He asked me to get it and I said that is where my weapons are also. I told him he could open my door and get my wallet and we could go from there. He opened the door commented on my sig and put both weapons on the hood. We then proceeded with the rest of the stop. I NEVER felt like my rights were in jeopardy. The officers were professional and I was pleased with the way things were handled

  21. Bear Siksika says:

    Never had over your CPL with your drivers license to do so you are breaking the law.

    While you are CC you are requirede to have your CPL on you.

    Once you hand it to the officer you are now carrying a concealed weapon with out a permit and are subject to arrest.

    I know CPL holders that have had this happen to them. They get stopped for a minor traffic infraction and thought they where doing the right thing by providing their CPL with their drivers license only to get asked by the officer if they where armed; as soon as they said yes there where cuffed and hauled off to jail.

    There are officers out there that feel youy have no right to carry a firearm and use this as an excuess to claim victory of “taking another gun off the streets” and turning you into a felon!

    If the vehicle is registered to you the officer knows you hold a CPL before he even walks up to the car. Roll your windows down and turn on youre interrior lights (at night) and keep yous hands on the steering wheel.

    The best and most non-threatening thing you can say is “Officer just so you know I hold a CPL and I am armed” than dont do anything until he tels you to, dont even reach for youre wallet!

    • Home Defense Gun says:

      Bear,
      Thanks for bring that up.

      Mike

      • this makes no since to me… this is almost the same as saying that i do not have a drivers license because it is in the officers hand… it is an official police stop and if HE has possession of my CPL then how can i be arrested???? i clearly have a CPL and cannot be arrested just because the license is not “directly” in my possession… i had it in my possession when the stop occurred therefore i was doing everything i had to in order to be legal… how could i be arrested?!?!?!?!?!!?

    • nope 3icnhs no more and lock the doors people. stand up for your self a bage means nothing if your right are viloted then there no better then a gangers with a gun shot then drive to a station and report the crime and reaction and walk away. self def. gos with you averywhere and anyone.

  22. Richard Ables says:

    According to Ohio law, we are to first (if dark) turn on the internal lights, open the window, place both hands on the upper steering wheel, and inform the officer that you are carrying a weapon, Then ask the office, What would you like for me to do next. Inform him you have a conceal carry lic.

  23. After having an officer’s gun at my head during his moment of confusion, debating how I should present identification that was located near my gun, I have decided to always wear my I.D. hanging from a lanyard around my neck Now I can show my CPL with my hands in full view. Every once in a while coppers mistake on person for another. That is what happened to me and it nearly cost me my life. Keep your gun covered and your I.D. accessible with a little distance between the two. Pull away from traffic, put in park, shut engine off, dome light on, window down, hands on the wheel, and in Michigan immediately say “I have a CPL and I am carrying”

    • nope 3 inchs is all the windo needs to go and the cop that put it to your head broke the law you sould have sued then kill him naver bow to that shit man. usa naver bows nore sould you.

  24. Robert Archuleta says:

    Good vedeio it shows how to handle it with no problems

  25. thanks so much

  26. In Ohio we have the duty to inform the officer of your possession of a firearm. I did see it stated in the video that “Gun” is a hot button word, I agree the term “Firearm” is much less likely to create more tension between you and the officer. I have been pulled over a few times for routine traffic stops, and I always start my conversation with the officer as such. “Good afternoon sir I am a ccw licensie and I am currently in possession of my firearm, how would you like me to continue?” I have never had any thing other than respect from the officers in handing things in this manor. I hope this helps someone to have good interactions rather than bad ones.

    • sorry for you in ohio that law is a Villon of your right to privesy. so shot the cop for asking.

      • Mike, you are a fool. Just about everyone here has said that police officers were reasonable and respectful after being informed that they were carrying a firearm. If you kill a police officer, they will not stop until you are hunted down and killed or captured. The bottom line is you will die fast from their bullets, or die slow while rotting away in a prison. Then who, “wins”???

        I suggest you swallow your pride, be polite and the worst that will happen is that you will drive off with a citation for the violation that you were stopped for.

  27. So what would you do if the cop actually asks “you” to unload it? This confused me as to why a leo would want me to actually handle my carry in a minor stop.

  28. ummmm…you may be right Louie, but your attitude will get yourself in some unneeded trouble…

  29. look first if a cop very ask you get out ask reason if dost give you one hes looking for anything to get you on. never roll window more then 3 inchs if a cop try to get it shot them there nothing more then gangers with a bage. the spot he dos not answer you first get he boss if he refuses kill him. remember you are his boss and he we kill you just for saing hi and get by with it.

  30. where do i get a permit to carry in the neveda tx, airer .

  31. Great video, I have seen this one before. I only wish that more states allowed either CCW or open carry, and that local LEO’s dealt with it a lot better than they do at times. Here in Arkansas at least in my area, the officer is informed when they run the plate that the person has a CCW

  32. I expect that Mike, in addition to being illiterate and oddly repetitive, will soon be removing himself from the gene pool, thus making the world a little safer for us all. Godspeed Mike…

  33. Pat Bellew says:

    When I am stopped, I always present my CCW with my drivers license. I tell the officer what it is and that I am either carrying or not carrying. General script would be- “Good afternoon sir. Here is my license, registration, and CCW. I am/am not carrying at this time.”

    This eliminates the need to say gun, firearm, or to directly reference a weapon at all. You put the situation in familiar “Cop Lingo” and bring yourself closer to being “One of Us” in their eyes. You certainly reduce the odds of being perceived as a threat. I advise all my CCW students to always identify themselves as CCW holders when experiencing Law Enforcement Contact, even if the gun is back at home. Not sure of the correlation, but I have been let off twice for pretty big speeding infractions after identifying myself as a CCW holder, and have never had a bad experience with Law Enforcement even when armed.

  34. Paul Guyon says:

    I’ve seen this video before and I like it! Any video with Massad Ayoob in it is a good one. Thanks for posting again. Never hurts to be reminded again. That’s part of the learning process, repetition!

  35. Cool video

  36. Cool video and great too know in case stopped by any officer.

  37. Great video…

    Here in FL, I was told by my CCW instructor you do not have to notify the cop unless asked. I do not agree with him so 1 day while shopping for dog food I saw a cop and asked him. His answer was basically what the video & posts tell you to do but most importantly use your common sense and put yourself in the officers shoes.

    BE SMART!

  38. Even if an individual cop means well just by being a cop today they have to violate our rights to do their jobs. The institution is flawed. It has become the standing army the anti-federalists warned us not to have. See: The Standing Armies of Yesterday and the Police State Today http://www.theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-standing-armies-of-yesterday-and.html

  39. James Morgan says:

    I like almost everything about the video except the disarming because they will feel safer part. I have a better working knowledge of my particular choice of EDC and will only allow myself to be disarmed in the presence of the on-duty watch commander and the LEO who stops me. It is a hassell for them but safer for me. In my CCW training, my particular instructor, who was also a retired FBI agent, also trained FBI, SBI, and all levels of law enforcement gun tactics, I was informed to calmly explain to the officer who would ask you to surrender your weapon because, and I quote his advice directly, I don’t want to get accidentally injured or you to injure yourself because you may or may not be familiar with the particular functions of my choice of weapon. Not all guns are the same and there are many different safety features to be aware of. Case in point, my favorite pistol, a Sig P226 Tactical does not have a safety AT ALL. It is DA/SA but, if I hadn’t just told you that fact would have known? Would you know that there is a round chambered when I carry and it takes approximate 9lbs trigger pull for the first round and 3lbs for each following round? I could go on and on as to why it is safer to leave my weapon where it is than to disturb it. I train with it and they don’t. I also train with as many different guns as I can but, would still never have the nerve to think I knew it all, about them all if I were an LEO. It may ruffle a few feathers but, I just prefer to err on the side of safety for myself and any and all LEO’s. I have been asked to remove myself from my gun, i.e. leave it in the car untouched by anyone but myself, and once I complied we had a great conversation about guns, gun safety, and his appreciation for my respect of his safety as well as my own, once the reason for the stop was taken care of that is. An officer of the law shouldn’t be more nervous of me because I carry and dutifully inform him of that fact than he is of an unknown who tries to pull a fast one on him. I’m sure I will get flamed for this stand but, think it through before you blow me up on my stand. Safety should be the foremost thought in everyones mind from the person being stopped to the LEO doing the stop and removing my gun from my person without proper instruction from me as to its removal from my particular style of carry is not safe for all parties concerned. I will follow instructions to the letter and do as I’m asked, just don’t put me in danger by grabbing my gun like in the video because, your nervous of my lawful right to be armed.

    • Don Brightbulb says:

      Good point you could have a trigger job on your weapon that requires that knowledge to saffly handle it

  40. Pretta Kerns says:

    Great Info…. When I did my CCW, they suggested doing the same thing as in the video… I always thought you were obligated by law,( maybe just in some states) to make sure you inform the law enforcement and had them your permit…. thanks again, im a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment…..

  41. My CCW class instructor in Calif was a retired deputy sheriff. He recommended (for California) never to volunteer you’re a CCW holder unless they specifically ask if there are any weapons in the vehicle, at which time the correct answer is not “yes,” but to advise “I am a CCW holder and I do have a firearm in my (location).

  42. I didn’t watch the video but know its content as its advice was used in the CCW class I took here in Ohio. I was stopped once in Bowling Green, oh. for illegal turn. Pulled into a public area, [restaurant parking lot], rolled window down and waited. When officer approached I said, as I was instructed in CCW class, “Good evening officer. I would like to inform You that I have a CCW permit and I am armed.”
    Officer asked, “Where is Your weapon?”
    I patted my belly and said, “Here.”
    “OK”, says he.
    Otherwise, no different than any other traffic stop.
    He issued a warning and said, “Enjoy the rest of Your evening.”

    • onceavictim…? You took your hand and moved it to where your weapon was concealed (patted my belly). Sounds like a good way to get shot. I think SAYING where your weapon was would be a bit smarter in the future..

  43. Kris Bayer says:

    Great info , thank you for sharing!

  44. Presenting the two licences together is sound advice. Don’t talk…answer all questions politely. He’ll get the message.

  45. If stopped by a police officer and I have a firearm either in my car or on my person (I have a CCW permit) I will volunteer that information to the officer and then ask him, what does he want me to do and I would follow his instructions to the letter.

  46. Good Video however in my state it a cop can not disarm a permit to carry holder like this officer did, they break the law when they touch that firearm with out permission.

  47. I live in a must inform state,.In 12 yrs of carrying,i’ve had to inform three times.Each time,I’ve given the LEO my d.l. and my ccw first,and let him or her, tell me what to do next.Thankfully,i’ve not had any problems those three times.

  48. Cops are 1100 times less likely to have a problem with CCW holders. They know that. There is no reason for them to be nervous, in fact, they should be less nervous. For them to act otherwise is a condemnation of the ccw process, and the cops should take their personal issues up with the lawmakers. They do not have the authority to supersede your constitutional rights. ANY untoward or negative behavior on the part of the police demands that you report it immediately to the officers supervisor and your own attorney, and most importantly, for you to follow through and make sure the officer is prosecuted, along with any other law enforcement personnel that attempt to interfere with your prosecution. the fact that you felt it necessary to make this video and address this interaction with police personnel proves that all law enforcement has an ego issue at the very least, and at worst have deep-seated psychotic character flaws. Secondary to this issue is the fact that so-called police training academies do, in fact, promote the intimidation and bullying of ccw holders. The balance of authority is completely lopsided. it is up to the taxpayers to rein in law enforcement and remind them who the boss is and that their employment and freedom hang in the balance.

  49. Scot Rathbun says:

    I have only been pulled over, while carrying, one time. I was a uniformed Security Guard with an open carry, holstered automatic. (I driving a company pickup truck with a burned out tail light that I didn’t know about). I kept both hands on the on the steering wheel, near the Drivers window, and when the officer approached me, I informed him that I was on duty as an armed guard. He asked me if I could remove the holster and gun, I advised him that I could not because it was thru my Sam Brown Duty belt. He eventually asked me to get out of the truck so that he could keep the gun in his sight while he ran the plates and insurance (He let me off with a “Fix It” notice). Afterward, he thanked me for doing my part to keep both of us safe

  50. First words out of my mouth would be, ‘I have a Concealed Weapons Permit and I have a pistol om my person/ in my vehicle.’ What do you want me to do? Then I do whatever the officer tells me to do.

  51. I have been stopped when I was armed and I advised the officer I was.She had asked for my drivers license and reg and I told her it the license was where the weapon was so asked her what she wanted me to do…Her reply was …keep you hands on the steering wheel and she would just check the registration. In the end I got no ticket and she thanked me for informing her I was armed….

  52. Clyde Smith says:

    Too many “opinions” and contradicting pieces of information. It is IMPORTANT that a CCW holder know the laws in his state as well as any state they cn legally carry their firearm in…. REALITY, in Colorado your vehicle is an extension of your home and NO CCW is required for a concealed handgun IN THE VEHICLE. Expect every cop to be WELL AWARE of this and expect to be treated as if you ARE carrying, even if you are NOT….

  53. I have not been stopped but called police after two traffic accidents and voluntarily gave my CWP with my license. Officers seemed to be more amused or respectful than anything else. I’m old and small. One asked if I was carrying on my person and what it was. He should’ve also asked if there were any other firearms because there were, two, inside the car. Florida

  54. I had been shopping at my local walmart in which I am not prohibited to carry a concealed weapon with my CHL and upon leaving the store the alarm went off and the greeter stopped me and asked to check my bags. I complied and she checked my bags with my receipt, did not find anything in the bag that was not on the receipt, and walked through the sensors with my bags and the alarm did not go off. She then asked me to step through the sensors without my bag and the alarm did not sound. She then called for a manager who asked me to come into a office to have a law enforcement officer check me for stolen property because they believed I had stolen property on me. Again I complied. I got into the office and short time later an officer came in and had the manager stay to “witness the encounter” the officer asked me to face the wall and place my palms flat against the wall and i said officer I am going to remove my wallet from my back pocket and he said ok so I pulled my wallet out and handed him my CHL, and said I am armed, my firearm is concealed on my right hip under my sweatshirt. Then officer then pulled his weapon out ( a glock 17, which I am sure most on this site know one thing a glock does not have) and leveled his weapon at my chest and told me to lay down on the floor with my hands on my head. I complied. (At this point, not out of courtesy or willingness to prove my innocence of withholding stolen property on my persons, but for fear of my life from a young, freaked out, police officer) the officer then handcuffed me and retrieved my firearm. I was then patted down and then another officer came in and asked the other officer why I was being arrested. The first officer replied ” he told me he had a gun and I didn’t know what to do” the second officer then ordered the first officer to leave, removed the handcuffs from me and said sir I am very sorry for the inconvenience and proceeded to hand my pistol, my license, and my other belongings back to me and told me to have a good night. I was mad and scared and felt so violated at the same time and didn’t think to get the officer or managers names. It’s been over a year since this had happened and I think the statute of limitations has ran out for me to take action on this now that I think that I should have. What do you think I should have done an is there something I should have done differently to avoid this or was I even in the wrong in the slightest way? I was 18 years old and had extensive firearm training and the state of alabama issues a CHL to anyone eligible that is 18 years of age or older. I was abiding all alabama conceal carry laws and my local walmart does not prohibit open or concealed carry firearms. Thanks, dan.

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