Well, it finally happened. On my way in to work this morning I saw the pretty blue lights appear in my rear view mirror. In the six or seven months I have been CCing, I had never been stopped while CCing before, so I was curious to see how things would work out. I was crawling through traffic at a small town stop light (yes, the only stop light in town), so I knew I couldn't be speeding.
When the LEO came to my window, we made small talk as I handed him my drivers license, proof of insurance, and CCL. He asked me if I was CCing, to which I said yes. He ask where I was CCing, and I replied in my right front pocket. He asks "Oh, what are you carrying?" I told him in the summer months when I can wear shorts and flip flops, I always carry my Ruger LCP .380. He said "Oh, I've got one too. That's my summer off-duty gun. I love it, you can just throw it in a pocket and forget its there."
I told him I had heard from some LEO's that the LCP .380 was considered too small for them to carry as an off duty gun. He said they were allowed to carry anything bigger than a .38, and the .380 was considered to be in that category.
He finally tells me why I was pulled over, that my tags had expired and I needed to update them. With that he told me to stay safe and have a nice day. All in all a great encounter, and I appreciate the LEO being so professional. Cheers to the Hurricane PD in Hurricane, WV.