Informing LEO

This is a discussion on Informing LEO within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just out of curiosity I'm wondering how people perceive their encounter with LEO to be affected after informing. I know a lot of people post ...

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    Informing LEO

    Just out of curiosity I'm wondering how people perceive their encounter with LEO to be affected after informing. I know a lot of people post individual stories but I wanted to see it in poll form.
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    I have not been stopped by a LEO since the early 90's, my encounters have been after some idiot has either stolen something or wrecked into me after not paying attention to what they were doing. So none of the encounters were when the LEO was "looking" for something on me.

    When asked for ID, I simply hand over my DL and CHL and say nothing about the gun. The officer usually looks at both and says thanks for letting them know. Personally I have never had a "bad" stop by a LEO, even when I was young and very dumb and said some things that I shouldn't have, I was polite when I said them and the office took it in stride.
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    I voted no change; to clear up what I mean; is the few LEO encounters I have had in Norfolk and Va Beach have always been with a very profesional and respectful officer; and I always act the same way. I have family and close friends who are local LEO, but I do not think it sways my judgement, they are really very profesional here.....

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    I Have only been stopped once in recent times and the following quote from Farronwolf is exactly what I did and exactly how the cop who stopped me responded.
    When asked for ID, I simply hand over my DL and CHL and say nothing about the gun. The officer usually looks at both and says thanks for letting them know. Personally I have never had a "bad" stop by a LEO
    I've had a few tickets in earlier days but have never been treated poorly by a police officer.

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    Florida is not a must inform state. That said I always appreciate when someone informs me they are carrying and I tell them so. I try hard to be respectful and professional at all times when dealing with the public and this does not change.
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    I don't like the poll choices. How do I how what the officer normally does compared to what he did with me.

    I got pulled over while carrying back in July. The officer was AWESOME!

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    Only police contacts I've had were when I got rear ended at a stop light, or pulled over in a roadside check. Mostly they just say Hi Davey, we talk for a few minutes and I go on my way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by farronwolf View Post
    When asked for ID, I simply hand over my DL and CHL and say nothing about the gun. The officer usually looks at both and says thanks for letting them know.
    Same.

    But I've only been pulled over once, so I have no baseline to compare against, but the trooper was courteous, informed me why he stopped me (apparently license plate covers are not legal for street use), and let me go on my merry way...

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    8 posts have been removed, keep it on topic and keep it civil....

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    I didn't vote because I Have only had my CWFL since 2009, haven't been stopped since 2001 (speeding like a dummy), keep my registration and tags up to date, check my lights frequently, am one of the few here in FL that actually use turn signals properly, and keep my highway speed under the "Over nine and you're mine!" unofficial limit.

    Required or not, I believe I would notify if pulled over. I'd rather not have any more surprises or delays than the blue lights already flashing behind me. The rest is up to the LEO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xader View Post
    Same.

    But I've only been pulled over once, so I have no baseline to compare against, but the trooper was courteous, informed me why he stopped me (apparently license plate covers are not legal for street use), and let me go on my merry way...
    Covers aren't legal in many states, but most LEOs don't bother to stop you unless looking for a reason to stop or needing an "add-on." It's considered altering or concealing. Why bother covering; you'll get a new one every few years anyhow.
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    I was stopped for speeding last week, I voluntarily informed the officer and judging by his reaction (very thankful, etc). I am convinced I got off with a warning where I would have otherwise received a ticket.
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    The only time I had a traffic violation since I started carrying, the officer seemed very polite like he appreciated the heads up. He even called my parents (I was 21 at the time), and told them what a polite young man they had raised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Covers aren't legal in many states, but most LEOs don't bother to stop you unless looking for a reason to stop or needing an "add-on." It's considered altering or concealing. Why bother covering; you'll get a new one every few years anyhow.
    I'd imagine it was the "looking for a reason to stop". No mention of anything else. I certainly don't drive in a manner that arouses suspicion. A black civic driven by a 20-something male tends to get profiled, even a bone-stock one. A former co-worker has one that has corroded to the point of being completely opaque, but has never gotten pulled over for it. Then again, he's a 60-year-old, driving a little pickup, wearing a tie (though had it been a work-day, I'd have been wearing one).

    As for "why"; it protects the plate itself from a lot of damage, especially from flying gravel during the winter. And replacing a cover is cheaper than replacing a plate, and less hassle, too.

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    I have been carrying since 1970 in two states. Never been stopped while carrying.
    Actually, haven't been stoppede at all in 25 years.
    I had a guy rear end me last year, and called for a sheriff to write up a report. Was on a low traffic county highway at 6:30 AM. I thought it may have been a bump and rob. When I saw the other guy with noithing in his hand, it went into a hidingplace near me. My 9 was locked in the safe when he arrived, and felt no need to inform. However, it was out and in my hand until the situation stabilized.

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