I was on my way home from Louisville (I met my brother & his family to go to the SEC/Big East Invitational Basketball games in Freedom Hall). After a 2 hour drive to get back to my hometown, I was fighting to stay awake big time for the last 30 miles or so.
After I pulled off I-65 and was making my way home, I ran a red light. No doubt about it...I ran it. I slowed down enough to turn right at the light but sure didn't stop. At 1:00 in the morning there was no traffic and I was tired so I didn't stop. No traffic except for the headlights to my left several hundred yards down the highway. These headlights closed in on me and got right on my tail and followed me. As I neared home and changed lanes to prepare to turn, the car changed lanes and stayed on my tail. As soon as I turned left off of the highway into my neighborhood, my suspicions were confirmed as blue lights came on in my mirrors!
I immediatley pulled over to the right and stopped. As the officer approached I rolled down the window and made sure that my hands were on the steering wheel in plane view. After he told me why he pulled me over, I stated that I was a legally carrying and had a CCDW license. He asked how many guns I had and where they were (He looked and sounded like he was 21 years old at most!). Now normally I always have one of my Glocks(19, 23, or 36...tonight it was the 23) on my hip and my Kahr PM9 on my jeans pocket. But tonight I also had my S&W 442 in my inside coat pocket. I brought it along to show my brother the CT grips I had on it as he has a 642. I am thinking that this was going to make this young cop think I was some kind of Gun Wacko!
He then told me that he would appreciate if I got out of the car and tell him where the guns were located, and that they (by this time a second car with officer had arrived as backup, but I was not aware of that yet) would take the guns off of me before preceding. He then told me to place my hands on the roof of my Explorer asked again where my weapons were & what kind they were. I told him and he raised up my UK sweatshirt and took my G23 out of my CB Supertuck and handed it to the second officer. That officer then commented on my TFO night sights and then said literally "Oh cool...its pressure activated!" when he squeezed the grip and turned on my CT lasergrip (I have CT products on all three of these firearms).
Then the first officer asked where the next one was. I told him that I had a Kahr PM9 in my front right jeans pocket. He frisked me everywhere else before reaching into my pocket to retrieve the PM9. This was when I was really scared. I was praying that I wouldn't get shot throught the Iliac artery by a nervous and equally scared young cop as he was pulling out my weapon. However, he was very careful and pulled it out still in its Desantis Nemesis holster. He handed it over to the other officer as well. He asked about my third gun and I told him it was in my inside coat pocket. He told me to turn around and I did and opened my coat so that he could easily access the weapon.
After all of this, he then asked if I had any more in the car. I responded no I didn't and they did not search the car. At this point he finally asked for my Driver's license and CCDW license and proof of Insurance. After furnishing these items to him, he told me to please wait outside the car where his partner could watch me. Mind you it is about 18 degrees outside!!!. They apparently ran the serial numbers because he came back to ask where it was on the Kahr. I told him it was on the bottom of the frame but it was covered up by the CT laserguard. I then asked if I could call my wife and tell her where I was. They said okay.
While the first officer was doing all of the checking/calling in info, the second officer and I started talking guns and sports (I was wearing a Royal Blue Nike UK sweatshirt). He asked me about the game and said he was a fan, but he must have been making small talk because he didn't even know that the Cats were playing Notre Dame. About this time one of my neighbors turned in the neighborhood and drove past...GREAT!!
After about 20 minutes of freezing in the cold, the first officer comes back to me and says that they appreciate my cooperation and honesty and were not going to give me a citation. They said that at this time of night they naturally think drunk driver. I told them I don't drink, but that I was pretty sleepy!! They had unloaded all weapons and put the mags/ammo in little ziplock evidence bags. The officer said that if I would open my back hatch, they would place the weapons and ammo back there and told me to wait until they had left before reloading them as they don't like to make a habit of turning their backs on loaded guns. I said no problem and since I was only 2 blocks from home that I would just wait till I got the car in the garage. With that we all said good night to each other and they were off.
All in all the only thing negative about the whole experience was standing in the freezing temperatures, being blinded by bright lights as a neighbor drives by! Oh well, I made it home safe and sound and without a ticket! And the Cats won 72-58 over Notre Dame!! It was a great night afterall!!
P.S. It was a great night overall as the Hogs of Arkansas won their game against Seton Hall despite the lights going out on them twice during the game! I hope John Pelphrey really gets it going down there in Fayetteville again. I long for the battles UK/ARK had in the 90s! WOW! There was some serious basketball games there!! SEC! SEC!