To declare when you are carrying or not to LEO's
I live in PA, and am NOT required to declare that I am carrying to LEO's. Even though I am not required I do so anyway. Is that a good idea?? I am young (23) and drive a little sports car thats loud and fast, so naturally im cocky as hell and think i can get away with speeding all the time. Police tend to disagree with me on that point and I get a good number of speeding tickets....Over the past summer I got pulled over close to my neighborhood, for doing WELL over the speed limit. The cop came up to my car, and as he walked up i put my hands on the window and told him that I am carrying a handgun. I did this because somewhere in my past a police officer told me that they are always afraid to walk up to a car, cause they dont know what to expect, i think he said something like "you do not know what the guy might do, maybe pull out a gun and start shooting". So i figured that alerting the officer that I was carrying would put him at ease....obviosly if i tell him I have a gun, the chances of me pulling it on him are greatly reduced. So anyway as soon as I told him that, and showed him my permit, he let me go with a warning for speeding and was very nice to me and said thankyou for declaring. A month or so later I go pulled over on my way to school in NY, I wasnt familiar with NY laws, but i remember someone telling me taht gun laws are VERY strict there, and I didnt want to make it seam like i was hiding anything so again i declared, and the cop was NOT happy. He quickly went on the offensive asking why i need to carry a hand gun, and was quite rash with me. He did give me a ticket but made no other mention about me carrying.
Just interested in everyones input on this subject....sorry for the long post