Last night I was driving home from work. I usually get off pretty late, so I tend to be susceptible to minor infraction stops. Last night was one of those cases, unknown to me, my licence plate light was out...
As the officer approaches my vehicle, I turn on my dash lights, place both hands on the wheel and have both of my IDs ready. Before I can hand them to him, he asks me if I have a weapon in the car. I hand him my CWP and DL and inform him I have a weapon on my person at 3oclock. As standard procedure, backup arrives. What upset me was what happened next... I am asked to step out of the vehicle. He tells me he is going to disarm me. I tell him I don't consent and of course he doesn't pay attention to that. Keep in mind I am extremely careful, make no sudden movements, keep my hands in plain visible light/sight, look him in the eyes and try to create a relaxing environment for him.
His backup officer disarms me and takes my property to their vehicle. He runs my DL and CWP. He then returns my property into the backseat of my car. Reconsidering, he then asks his helping officer to retrieve it again to run or write it out the serial ( I thought this wasn't allowed, I made a comment about it and was kind of "shushed" by the officer). Helping officer asks if its registered to me. I tell her that guns arent registered to people in Florida, and aren't tied to CWP cards. She doesn't seem to understand this and keeps asking me "but its registered to you, right?" I end up just agreeing with them. This whole process takes about 30 minutes.
Overall a pro stop, I wasnt cited, but I have 2 questions:
1) Do I have the right to deny them to disarm me in Fl? I know this can cause issues, but there was no cause for them to do so and turned a simple traffic stop into a 45 minute fiasco in the middle of the night.
2) I thought it was illegal to copy or verify serial numbers on guns? I explicitly told them I didn't consent to it and they went on as if they didn't hear me.
I understand cops work hard, I appreciate the hell out of them, but why? There's nothing I coulda done to make the stop easier for them... Ive had stops where the cop checks my ID, and lets me go without all the hassle...
Should I do something? Thanks for the advice!