I have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth at the worst times... so lets get that out of the way now. Luckily the officer was nice about it.
I was coming home from dropping off some movies at Blockbuster when I noticed a borough police cruiser in my rear view. I checked my speed and I was going the speed limit, then next thing I saw were the lights popping on.
I was thinking "Oh great here we go". I have about 3 handguns in the car. One on me, one in the glovebox, and one in my bag. PA is not a duty to inform state just for the record. I pull off into an empty parking lot. The officer walks up, I have my window down already since it was nice out. I placed my hands on the steering wheel. The conversation went something like this:
Officer: "Good evening, do you know why I stopped you"?
Me: "I have no idea sir".
Officer: "When you braked back there I noticed your right tail light is out. May I see your DL, insurance and registration".
Me: "Ok, before I reach for anything I need to let you know I have a LTCF and I currently have a holstered 1911 on my right hip. My wallet is on that side, how would you like me to proceed"?
Officer: "Go a head and reach for your wallet".
I handed him my LTCF and DL. Meanwhile I went for my registration and insurance. I keep it in my visor and not my glove box. As he is handing my back my LTCF he asked:
Officer: "Why do you need a firearm"?
Me: "Why not"? <--- That was my foot in mouth
Officer: "... Hold on here, I'll be right back".
A short time later he came back with a warning that I needed to have my light fixed in 5 days. He didn't say anything about my comment or the gun after that. He told me to have a good evening and that I am free to go.
I felt pretty sheepish after my comment, but like I said I have that tendency to say things like that at the worst times.
Overall it turned out well...