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Traffic Stop while carrying concealed; What to do if you’re pulled over

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Face it; you aren’t a perfect driver and you have probably been pulled over at least once in your lifetime. That is sure to happen again, but what happens if you add a legally concealed firearm into the mix? Here are a few tips on what to do – and what not to do – during a traffic stop while you are carrying concealed.

DISCLAIMER: The following views and opinions have been gathered from the internet and are intended for educational purposes only. If you are involved in a traffic stop while carrying concealed, use your best judgement and respect the officer(s) that you encounter. We are not lawyers or anything else of that nature, so please review and verify your local laws so that you are in compliance.

Tip #1: Hands 10 & 2, Dome light on

We are giving this the first spot because we feel it to be extremely important. The moment you are pulled over, the officer can and will notice any movement inside of your vehicle. It is better to remain still and calm with your hands on the steering wheel in plain site, and your dome light on to illuminate the inside of the vehicle. It is also a good idea to roll your window down the moment you are pulled over, so you do not need to reach out of site when the officer is at your window.

Tip #2: Advise the Officer

Our recommendation has always been the same, regardless of your state laws. Let the officer know that you have a firearm on your person. By doing this, you are being up front with them and this tends to portray you in a positive light. Obviously the reaction will vary from officer to officer, but our research shows that the majority of them are very welcoming of this information. The following phrase is commonly recommended “Officer, I want to let you know that I have a concealed carry permit in this state and am currently have one on my person. How would you like me to proceed?” Notice we said ‘have one on my person’. This is very important, as the last thing you want is another officer coming up on the other side of your vehicle and the first thing he hears is GUN. Additionally, asking the officer how he would like you to proceed offers them comfort and control over the situation.

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Tip #3: Display Identification, move slow

You will probably, at some point, need to give the officer your Drivers License. The recommendation here is to provide your ccw permit at the same time. This verifies to the officer that you do indeed have your permit, and will more than likely make the process much smoother. Before reaching for your DL and permit, advise the officer of the location of your firearm. If you are like us, you’re carrying around 5 o’clock which happens to be the same general location as your wallet. Again, let the officer advise you if they choose to do so. If they don’t seem that concerned, make slow movements to retrieve your documents.

Tip #4: You are not being treated like a criminal

The #1 issue we hear is this: “Why should I have to tell the officer I’m carrying, I am not a criminal!” Remember this; the officer has no idea who you are, and just wants to get back to his family at the end of the day. With the nature of the job, there are inherent risks associated with it. It’s better to be safe than sorry and because of this, we feel that the above information is relevant and important. There are of course rare cases when an officer would go above and beyond the necessary steps and if your rights end up being violated, the process to rectify that should come after and not during the traffic stop itself.

Tip #5: Know your local and state laws

As with anything else firearm related, get familiar with your local and state laws. There are some states that require you inform the officer while carrying concealed, while others do not. Again, use your best judgement and proceed as necessary.

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  • Bill Williams

    Sounds reasonable, really its just common sense and a little empathy from the cop’s point of view. Now if the cop is a jerk, although I will not resist, I will get his badge number and call his superior.

  • Tony Filipeli

    I understand the “help the officer out” concept–show the law which states “You MUST show your CC if the police do not inquire”.

    • Graywolf69

      Depends on the state…TX requires you to provide your CHL with your DL, if you are carrying (not just in the car somewhere)…
      Personally, I don’t say anything, I just hand them tge license and leave it to them if they want more info.
      Typically, they look at it and compare it to my DL and hand it back to me. The only time it ever mattered was 1. when I was in an accident…for some reason those officers were overly concerned. 2. The other was when 8 was pulled over for doing 6 over and he was all excited telling me how he thought everyone should have one…I did not get a ticket from him.

      • Vicente Mata

        You are right, to a point. You don’t have to have a CHL to carry one in your vehicle now if you are walking around and it’s on you yes you need a license to carry. so if you get pulled over and you don’t have a license then you don’t have to say or show anything unless the officer asks you.

    • Chip Pierson

      In Louisiana it is your obligation to inform an officer that you are armed when every your interacting on police business. How ever your not required to disclose this to them in casual interactions such as passing in public, or standing in line at a fast food restaurant next to an officer. This is requirement differs from state to state.

    • Terry Shull

      SC you have a duty to inform them you have cc permit and gun

    • One thing to consider, depending on your state, if you have a CCW, it’s noted in your dmv file so it shows up when they call your dl in. In az, this is the case. In nm, it is not…

    • Ed Parker

      South Carolina. From “Legal Heat”: Duty to Inform: A permit holder must have his permit identification card in his possession whenever he carries a concealable weapon. When carrying a concealable weapon pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 31 of Title 23, a permit holder must inform a law enforcement officer of the fact that he is a permit holder and present the permit identification card when an officer (1) identifies himself as a law enforcement officer and (2) requests identification or a driver’s license from a permit holder. §23-31-215

      • Brian

        Only when asked for ID of the permit it has to be given to an officer not when stopped

    • TheLight

      Are you that stupid? It isn’t a case of showing it because the law requires it, it’s a case of showing it so you don’t get shot. All you “I know my rights” people are going to end up in an early grave one day because of your dumbass attitude.

      • It’s a shame that there are so many sheepish, mindless fools out there that think they are somehow being “obedient” and “courteous” for informing a cop that you are carrying! You sheeple crack me up!
        If the law doesn’t require it, keep your mouth shut! It’s none of their business. I’ve seen cop’s demeanor change when they find out you are carrying so why push your luck? If they tell you to get of the car, then tell them before you open the door. Otherwise, it will just be another routine traffic stop.

        • Luv2Fly

          NC LAW: When approached by a police officer in an official capacity, you must notify the officer that you are a CCW holder and offer your permit and state that you are carrying concealed. Different laws in different states.

          Even with reciprocity, you must know the minute differences from your state to the one you’re traveling in.

        • Joe

          you are the sheepish… commit after you been a REAL victim of abuse and try to spew that trash like you are some billy badass… its idiots like you who get fucked by cops and da just because YOU think that you know some law…

          The only reason a cops mood changes is dealing with idiots. The best part is they will know anyways and they will be more than helpful to let you go down a road to screw yourself.

      • Vicente Mata

        You are right, there is no state law that states you have to show your concealed license. but like in the state of Texas you don’t need a license or permit to have a firearm in your vehicle. If you need just look up Texas gun laws.

        • Kerry Hand

          Yes, that was made legal w/ the passage of the Motorist Protection Act. However, your handgun must be concealed. Rifles/Shotguns may be loaded and in plain sight. Personally, I don’t volunteer any information. However, I always remain calm and respectful. Funny, I’ve never been asked, even w/ my NRA sticker on my drivers side back window.

          • Cheerytoes

            I was reading that post going around FB of that guy (black) who was asked if he was armed at a stop for a headlight. WTH?! He was respectful and said yes, and everything ended well. But what the heck, to me that’s a question he got asked because he was black. How does his being armed have anything to do with a headlight out. It should have gone down like this “May I see your license” he runs the license he returns and either lets him off with a warning or gives him a fine. Why would he start the conversation with “are you armed?” (the guy was, he had a concealed permit) it just felt weird to me, I’ve been stopped a lot (I have a lead foot) and I’ve never ever been asked if I’m armed. (and I am)

          • Luv2Fly

            Having an NRA decal in the wrong area or around the wrong people can be the bait they need to follow you home and later steal your guns or invade your house to get them. You might win, but maybe not everyone of your family wins. Be smart, be stealthy.

          • Joe

            they make they easiest targets too…

        • Scott

          Oklahoma Requires you to show your handgun license with you drivers license!. As a Police Office, I would rather you show me you handgun license with your drivers license. it shows me that you are a responsible handgun carrier. I just usually thank the driver and hand the handgun license back. I, being a 24 year vet in Law Enforcement, feel more at ease knowing this. Don’t be afraid to show Officers your license, Believe me, 99% of Officers don’t care if you are a responsible handgun owner. We encourage you to carry. Every responsible handgun owner needs to carry!!!
          How many criminals are going to show us their handguns? NONE!! I Love to see citizens handguns. Hell, makes me feel just a little safer knowing there are responsible handgun owners that will always watch my 6.

          • OldNYFirefighter

            I guarantee I would watch your 6 if I saw you in trouble.That is the oath I took as a firefighter, to protect & serve just in a different perspective.

      • Leland_Gaunt

        I think the question is: are YOU really that stupid?
        Just a piece of information here (you may want to sit down for this) if you don’t pull your gun on the officer… THEY WON’T F-ING SHOOT YOU!!!!! You watch waaaay too many movies there, sport.

        • brownj00

          Unfortunately some of those movies are police dash cams- sport.
          Why would you assume all cops will react in a positive way to a person saying “I have a gun”? Some people will interpret that as a threat.
          I know second hand from an attorney of multiple cases where police immediately draw their weapons and point them at the drivers head… at that point the situation is inherently dangerous.
          Personally, I don’t look for trouble- and I don’t expect police to always be professional either… and I’ve had honest cops.tell me the same. So caution and not blind faith is always a good idea.

      • Frankie

        Somebody dont CC

    • Bob Ho

      If they run your license, even out of state they will likly find out. There are multiple databases with that information for every state that issues a CCW and it is attached to your drivers licenses recorded.

      They have every right to ask if you are in compliance or not. If you have a CCW and are pulled over, stating the facts will save you from being pulled out at gun point and your car searched, weather that is legal or not.

      Ohio,

      2923.16 Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
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      (E) No person who has been issued a concealed handgun license, who is the driver or an occupant of a motor vehicle that is stopped as a result of a traffic stop or a stop for another law enforcement purpose or is the driver or an occupant of a commercial motor vehicle that is stopped by an employee of the motor carrier enforcement unit for the purposes defined in section 5503.34 of the Revised Code, and who is transporting or has a loaded handgun in the motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle in any manner, shall do any of the following:

      (1)

      Fail to promptly inform any law enforcement officer who approaches the vehicle
      while stopped that the person has been issued a
      concealed handgun license and that the person
      then possesses or has a loaded handgun in the motor vehicle;

    • Skip Kirkwood

      North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §14-415.11

      …. whenever the person is carrying a concealed handgun, shall disclose to any law enforcement officer that the person holds a valid permit and is carrying a concealed handgun when approached or addressed by the officer,…..

    • Former Deputy

      As a former LEO, I can tell you that being up front that you are, in fact a “Card Carrying Good Guy” can help ease the tension right off the bat. If you do this and produce the appropriate credentials at our request, then we will know that you are a good guy because how many criminals do you know of will take the time to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm?

      Most of the time when we stop anyone, we do not know if that someone is a bad guy or a good guy. It’s not like you have a sign over your head that states who you are and what your intention is, is there? Even if the vehicle’s license plate check returns information that you do have a permit (not available in all jurisdictions); we don’t know if the person who is legally associated with that plate and carry permit is actually driving that vehicle or is even in it.

      Think of it this way, if someone were to kidnap your loved ones and place them in the trunk of your stolen car, wouldn’t you want any LEO who pulls that car over NOT to assume that it was you operating that vehicle, would you? It’s all pretty much common sense.

    • Joe

      they know anyways…. mot like it doesnt come up on a ncic lookup

  • In most states, you don’t need a permit to carry in your car or “mode of conveyance”. Additionally, having a gun on your car is not “carrying concealed”. Unless it’s the law in your state to inform the cop, don’t ask, don’t tell.

    • Kevin L

      actually yes, once your are inside your vehicle even if its on your hip its now considered concealed once your close that door.

      • No it’s not. Your car is the same as your domicile. But again. It all depends on what state you live in.

        • Robert J Wilcox

          It does depend on the state. Here in PA its considered a concealed weapon once it is inside the car. Even if its in plain sight. We must have a CCP to have a loaded handgun in the car. It is also illegal to have a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in the car weather you have a CCP or not. That law is the one I don’t understand.

          • S Roncarti

            I live in CT, an “Open” Carry state. Here you have the option to conceal or not, however I, as do most, rarely carry openly. Here your weapon Must be under your direct control while inside of your vehicle, either
            on your person, exposed or not, or in a locked box other than your glove compartment. Any other location in the vehicle is a violation of your licensing agreement. Long rifles of any type must be unloaded, and no ammunition may be present in the same compartment as the rifles unless securely locked in a box. It is so important to know the laws in your state, and Required or Not, it is good practice to hand the office your Driver’s License and Carry Permit at the same time if you ARE carrying
            at that moment. This discreetly alerts the officer that you have a weapon without having to utter a single word. No matter what happens, even if your rights are being violated, Be Calm, COOPERATE, and be Polite with the officer, and if necessary, sort it out later in a court
            of law. In this state, a group called the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) can offer help and suggestions to resolve legal issues if you feel your rights have been violated.

            Always Carry Responsibly
            ~God Bless~

          • Vicente Mata

            Not here in Texas that’s why Jimmy stated earlier know your state laws

      • jackp_7788

        Jimmy is correct….where I live, carrying in your vehicle is open carry. It can be loaded on your seat (not under seat or center console) or it can be in you glove box.

    • Bea M

      Oh Jimmy, I hope you are 18yrs old, offering up an opinion that foolish and dangerous. Then again, I hope you are not. Because I want you to live and not end up dead. It takes four seconds, a bad day, poor lighting, a misunderstanding, and too much testosterone in one square foot and all you will hear is your bravado hitting the floor. Sure, there’s no state law. And no law mandates the color of flowers at your funeral either. Please rethink what you advise other, possibly impressionable young people, to do.

      • Nice over reaction. I didn’t say act a fool. I said that some states don’t require you to tell. its up to you to know what the law is in your state. That don’t ask don’t tell line is straight from a state sponsored CCW class instructor in New Mexico. Also. I’m friends with several city police and nmsp who have said the same thing. It’s something that is important to know and understand. And again. It all depends on your state laws. You imply that a cop will simply shoot me for not disclosing. That’s funny. I wonder how many criminals who are stopped and ticketed worry about that. “I was just going to give him a speeding ticket but he didn’t tell me about the gun in the back seat so I shot him dead”.

        • stk33

          No, it’s “I was just going to give him a speeding ticket but then I noticed a gun on his back seat he didn’t tell me about, and then he made a move to reach for it, which made me afraid for my life, so I shot him dead”. There won’t be any video showing that the move in fact did not take place.

          • Vicente Mata

            First off if it’s in your vehicle it needs to be concealed except for long guns. And depending on your state you may or may not have to tell the officer about the gun

        • Vicente Mata

          Jimmy you are completely correct

      • Vicente Mata

        Actually Jimmy is kinda correct. See here in Texas you don’t need a license to have one in your vehicle.

    • It’s actually quite amusing, seeing all the ozzy and Harriets here telling others how to behave with cops at traffic stops. You’re like a drivers training movie straight from the 50s. By the way, your constitutional rights don’t end just because you “close the door” and drive.

      • TheLight

        I can already see that we’ll be reading about your needless death during a traffic stop in the papers one day.

    • Buddy Farr

      Jimmy in Michigan a gun in your vehicle is considered concealed as soon as it enters the vehicle. And yes it is the law that you have to tell an officer that you have it.

      • Like I said. It depends on your state. No disclosure is required in New Mexico and your car is your domicile. If you’re on a motorcycle, you don’t need a CCW to carry within “6′ of your mode of conveyance”. Some of you need to gut busy with your legislators and fix your draconian laws.

        • TheLight

          Jimmy, what happens when you need to get out to take pee and the toilet is more than 6′ away? Still think you don’t need your CCW if there happens to be a couple of cops in the bathroom and one notices your imprint? They’ll draw their guns first and ask questions later and if happen to twitch suddenly, you could end up dead and if they don’t find a CCW on your body the cops will be justified in shooting you because you’re now carrying illegally.

          • jas362

            What are you talking about? That is a quite a few crazy what ifs. Jimmy already said know the state law, so he is implying you would know that is illegal to stop and get out to pee while still carrying concealed if you do not have a permit. I don’t think he has implied anywhere somebody should avoid getting a CCW. And this getting shot just because a cop sees an imprint of a gun? If I was worried about that happening, I wouldn’t feel better thinking the cops are going to shoot first and then find a permit on my dead body. Whether he goes to prison and I am dead, or he walks free and I am dead, I am still dead. A justified shooting is not determined by whether somebody has a permit or not. It is determined by whether that person attempted to draw the gun. If your gun remains holstered and you don’t make any sudden moves at it, you will be fine.

      • Matt Hay

        Not in Missouri, falls under “peaceable travel”, no permit required. Vehicle is considered an extension of your domicile here.

        • jackp_7788

          Same in KY

  • Morris Coleman

    Another thing I tell drivers is to have a copy of their insurance and registration with their licences. That way there is no reason for rutching around (Pennsylvania Dutch) in the car. Hands stay in view and everyone stays happy.

  • revkenmcdonald

    Looks like common sense to me. If I was the Officer I would want to know if some one was carrying. Being polite to every one doesn’t cost any thing and can save a lot of trouble. After all the Officer is only doing his job which every one else wants him to do with out harassing them.

  • Brian Peters

    Even though it’s the law in every state why should we trust them since they’re trained to never trust us. A lot of cops abuse their power all the time and I know quite a few of them and I tell them all the time they are a dick with that uniform on. I wouldn’t ever trust a cop further then I could throw them.

    • Skip Kirkwood

      What a load of poppycock. They have medicine for what ails you.

  • jas362

    I think it all depends on the situation on whether you choose to inform the cop or not. Anytime my hand may have to move near my weapon, I will inform a cop I have it.

    For example I was pulled over in WI, where I have my permit, which is a state we are not required to inform the officer we are carrying. My gun was partially visible and I had to pass my hand pretty close to it. I informed the officer I was a CCW holder and had my weapon on me. He asked where it was and I told him. I asked he if he wanted my permit with my drivers license and he just said that wouldn’t be necessary. I took my information, completed the stop, thanked me for informing him of the gun in the car, and left it at that. Not a big deal. I do understand some cops can be worse about it though and if it is something that wouldn’t come up, and they would never know, I am not sure I would go out of my way to tell them.

  • GlarryB

    When you read below, these are excellent examples of why we need a standard among all states on reciprocating with all other states on CCW permits and the law the same in every state. If you have a Georgia CCW & you’re driving from Atlanta to Richmond, VA, you pass thru SC (which doesn’t reciprocate with GA), No Carolina (which does) and Virginia (which doesn’t). It becomes very confusing with someone going on trips and having to drive thru several states.

  • Brian

    One I was an officer for a good number of years, I don’t agree telling them the very first thing if you are made to step out advise then you are carrying a weapon let them make the call and follow instructions. If your not showing the weapon and it is concealed 90% of officer won’t even know. There no law in Indiana that state you must inform, that it helps with officers safety. Don’t be stupid and act like a butt just act like a law abiding citizens you are and things will be find. One thing to remember don’t if the thing to death officers are not out to harm you unless you are the criminals and you use the weapon

  • Mrs Justice

    I live in Tx and when i filed for my CHL I filled it with the state. If you hand over just your Tx drivers license and the officer runs it, wouldn’t show up that you’re a CHL carrier?
    I would think so.
    Shortly after receiving my CHL, my husband and I were discussing this same topic, while having lunch at a restaurant. I say yes on notifying the officer by handing him my CHL, while my husband said no. Just so happens there were 2 police officers dining there too.
    I walked over and asked them about it.
    The answer is YES, it’s just a good idea (and common sense) for his safety too.
    I’m a bit of a square for I tend to follow the rules. What can I say.
    I thought this video was helpful.

    • Ed

      In Texas it is required to tell the officer and show the officer your CHL, If you do not disclose this you can have your CHL revoked and Yes when the officer runs your DL it will show you have a CHL.

  • Mike Johnan

    what do you do if you are carrying and your IDs are in your wallet but you don’t want to frighten the cop, how do you go about getting your wallet with out getting shot?

    • kyew

      Get it out before he approaches your vehicle. When he gets to your window, it should be in your hand, or on the dash or something. Just make sure he can see your hands when he walks up. If he doesn’t need to see your DL or registration, no big deal. Just put them back when he goes back to his car.

  • jordon darnell

    This has happened to me. Pulled over for exhaust leak with inspection due in 2 weeks and still got a damn ticket. Any way I did as the article instructed. But the officer took my gun and ran the serial number had to wait like 20 mins he asked if I had the paperwork and I said yeah at home. Like I’m gonna carry that around?

  • brownj00

    How about saying “I have a concealed permit, and to be clear I am in NO WAY a threat to YOU or public safety. Any weapons are properly stored in a closed container / out of reach” etc. ???
    Because some people will misinterpret a comment like “I have a permit and a gun on my person” as a threat. Selective hearing does happen. The goal is to avoid accidents or misunderstandings, right? A safe gun is one that stays in his/her holster with the safety on.

    Honesty seems good in principle (or where required by local law) but and be careful about spooking them saying you have a weapon.

    • brownj00

      Personally, I am also careful about where I pull over. I don’t want them edgy or distracted by traffic (divided attention). As my window will be down, as soon as they get close to the window I say something like “I wanted to find a good place to pull over, because I’m concerned about your safety – I HOPE THAT IS OKAY” etc.
      Admittedly, I rarely get pulled over and I’ve only done this once but the idea is to establish right up front that I am not any kind of threat/problem.

    • kyew

      Better yet, just hand them your license and CC permit, then let them ask the questions while keeping your hands where they can see them. The only time I’ve ever been pulled over after getting my CWP (license checkpoint), I handed the cop my DL and CC permit, and he asked, “Are you carrying?” I said, “Every day, all day long.” He handed it back with a “have a nice day” and I drove on. Never had to touch my firearm. Never had to say anything else. Best to keep it as simple as possible. Like you said, selective hearing…

  • Chuck B

    On the rare occasion I’ve been stopped, the first thing I always do is pull out my wallet and lay it on the dashboard even before the cop exits the vehicle, then roll down the window so I can put one hand out/on the door, and the other hand is on the top of the steering wheel. That way he can see one hand as he approaches my car and the other as he approaches my window, and neither hand leaves his (or her, of course) full view because the wallet is already on the dash, also in full view.
    I wasn’t taught this, I’ve done this almost my whole driving lifetime (~45 yrs), ever since one day for whatever reason I wondered what I would want if I were a Cop and one of my partners had been shot During a traffic stop.

    • kyew

      Same thing I do. Before he even approaches the vehicle, I have my info out and available. I learned this from being Security Police in the Air Force, and going through the extraction from vehicle and search procedures. Good for you for the forethought and consideration.

  • Griff

    The only thing I will mention to the cop is if I have a pistol in the glove box and he wants me to get my registration, which is also in there. I will ask him how he wants me to proceed at that point, because I do NOT want to escalate a situation with a surprise firearm.

  • Calypso

    It usually isn’t necessary to show your permit, because an NCIC inquiry on your driver’s license will show that you have one. However, if you are carrying and you inform the officer, you SHOULD hand them your permit because it may be illegal to carry concealed when you are not carrying your permit.

  • Liz Cristofano

    I hear what is being conveyed in this video, but I am not comfortable with a few things that were mentioned. 1) When around a police officer, I certainly wouldn’t even think for reaching or handling my firearm in any shape or form. Even if asked for it. Some officers might get flighty and over react to any movement . The officer might mistake that for me reaching for the weapon for nefarious reasons and I wound up getting shot by the officer. 2)handing over my weapon to the officer. Again, it would require for me to reach for it and handle it, which could put me in a very dangerous situation
    3) Follow the directions of the officer – I understand what they are trying to say, however, I’ve personally witnessed a situation in which a police officer has told an open carry citizen to “put his shirt over the weapon to cover it” bc it was making other people around him nervous. Not ALL cops actually know the laws. This happened in VA (an open carry state). The person, politely refused bc he knew the law better than the cop (in this instance). Had the person covered/concealed the weapon, he could’ve/would’ve gotten arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Having said that, I agree with letting them know that you have a permit, but that’s where it ends. If “pressed” by the officer, I would inform him that I am NOT comfortable reaching/handling the weapon in any shape or form. That I am more comfortable keeping my hands on the 10 – 2 position. All they would get from me is my conceal carry permit if I feel extremely cooperative that day. Because nothing says you HAVE to show them your CCW. I am of the belief that I do have the right to use common sense and not go blindly into the situation and do everything they say. If it makes sense, absolutely, if not, you have the right to voice your concern of why you are not complying. Of course, doing it all in a non confrontational, manner.

    • kyew

      I’ve often wondered about that myself. I’ve heard people say the cop wanted to unload their firearm so they felt safer. I just don’t get that. Why go through the trouble – not to mention the possibility of a negligent discharge – just so the cop can “feel safe”? I carry with one in the chamber, and unloading the gun means racking the slide. Not something I would want someone of questionable firearms knowledge to be doing with my (or any) pistol anywhere near me! Why are they wanting to handle your weapon anyway?

      No, I’m with you. I’d rather they just do their thing and I sit there with my hands visible, and we both go our merry way when it’s over with no one getting shot accidentally – or on purpose.

  • Paul Alan Rose

    Damn some of you people. You want to get shot or get someone shot. “Don’t tell the officer, blah, blah, blah.” Ok don’t, so when the officer comes up and say’s do you have any weapons, hand grenades, or w/e (I’ve heard them joke and say lots of stuff), and you say no (when you do), and then the officer tells you to step out of the car, they are either going get upset that you lied to them when they find out, or one might overreact and you may get shot. Sure it’s your rights, but do you really want to risk your life over telling a police officer you have a gun from the start. Hell be honest and you might get off with a warning.

  • JEFFCOMO

    I know that the cop is armed, he/she should have equal knowledge about me. No skin off my ass if I give them my ccw permit with my drivers licence. A lot less hassle also.

  • Camp

    I asked 4, FOUR separate police officers about informing them. Each one, without hesitation said they do not need to be informed. They want to see your hands, that is all. They told me if you have a legal concealed firearm, leave it where it is, let them see your hands. They told me that they already assume a person is armed when they walk up. They also said they know MOST people are law abiding citizens and as long as they see your hands they are not concerned. They don’t need to be informed. I asked four officers this, each one said the same thing.

    • Camp

      However we don’t live in a state where you are mandated to inform.

  • Bierwagon

    My State is a non inform State, because our ccw’s are tied into your record, they already know before they even initiate the stop.

  • steve

    I’m not saying that I’m carrying unless I’m asked to get out of the vehicle. No need to make routine traffic stop a big deal.

  • Robert

    I concealed carry, my wife does not carry or have ccp. I have told her if she gets pulled inform the officer of this fact and that she is not carrying and follow the same procedure, when the run the vehicle plate and my name is on the title i have been told the officer will be notified of a ccp owner before they approach the car. Better to err on the side of caution

  • dave

    As one that has CCW IN NY, PA, FL, and NV, with a kid that’s NYPD, Brooklyn south, if pulled over and legal, up front and letting the LEO know your armed and not a thret goes a long way! It may take more time to get checked out, but, a lot better than finding out you have to tell them your armed if he sees it and gets worried.

  • Discreet Carry

    I don’t advise my students to reveal that they are carrying or have a firearm in the glove box (legal in Florida) unless they are: 1. asked by the officer if they are carrying. 2. About to be patted down. 3. About to open the glove box. If any of the above is true…then proceed with most of what this article recommends. Otherwise, silence is part of good concealment.