Do you inform a LEO that you're carrying?

Do you inform a LEO that you're carrying?

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    Do you inform a LEO that you're carrying?

    Hello Everyone,

    Well, after many many years without a speeding ticket fate finally caught up with me and I got tagged on a rural country road on the way home today. The officer dropped my mph over the limit down a few so the lesson is "only" $130 instead of $264. This was my first interaction with law enforcement since I began carrying and I think I did right. When he came up to the window I handed him my drivers license and my carry permit. He asked where the weapon was and I indicated that it was on my right hip. He said "you don't touch yours and I won't touch mine". Seemed like a fair deal.

    So, just wondering, if an officer pulls you over do you inform him that you're carrying? I know in some states you aren't required to, but I would rather there be no mistakes. Is handing the officer your carry permit the best way to go about it? Not that big of deal, but I'm just wondering what the rest of you do when in this situation.
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    Yes, its mandated by law in my state....
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    I just started to carry a few weeks ago, in IL you have to tell them. Regardless of what state I'm I would still tell them. That's just my opinion.
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    In my state you are required to inform.I've always done like you.I give then my cwp and let LEO decide what he wants to do if anything.I've had to inform 3 times and never had any problems at all. One time i was the passenger when a friend of mine got pulled. I wasn't asked for an id so i didn't i didn't inform..Everyone has to decide what they think is the best thing to do for theirself. I choose to not say anything,unless i'm required to.

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    http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/florida.pdf

    This is FL. page it says you do not need to inform , but if it works for you then it is good .

    I have not been pulled over since i got my permit but i will most likely not inform in Maryland . But in reality they will know when they come up to my car if it is in my name Maryland knows .
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    It's required where I live; and, I don't have any problems with complying.

    As far as where it is not a requirement to inform? I'd love to hear LEOs and former LEOs give their opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    Not unless required by law
    This^^^^^^^^^^^.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CIBMike View Post
    This^^^^^^^^^^^.

    Indiana does not require it but Michigan does.Been pulled over a couple of times in Michigan in the last decade,I didn't like it but I complied just the same.
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    Not required in FL and I wouldn't unless I was asked to exit the vehicle--and I don't know why an LEO would do that. But then some of you might have seen the FHP fiasco on the news last night when they stopped a moving van and made then unload it looking for the drugs the dog keyed on. No drugs were found and it rained all over the possessions. I never trust a drug dog as I've seen them "point" to satisfy an insistent officer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike25 View Post
    I just started to carry a few weeks ago, in IL you have to tell them. Regardless of what state I'm I would still tell them. That's just my opinion.
    No you do not. It is upon request.

    (h) If an officer of a law enforcement agency initiates an investigative stop, including but not limited to a traffic stop, of a licensee or a non-resident carrying a concealed firearm under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act, upon the request of the officer the licensee or non-resident shall disclose to the officer that he or she is in possession of a concealed firearm under this Act, present the license upon the request of the officer if he or she is a licensee or present upon the request of the officer evidence under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act that he or she is a non-resident qualified to carry under that subsection, and identify the location of the concealed firearm. During a traffic stop, any passenger within the vehicle who is a licensee or a non-resident carrying under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act must comply with the requirements of this subsection (h).
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    Not required in Wisconsin
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    I have been told by my attorney not to tell ...........................only when they ask you to step out of the car . Then he said it would be in my interest to share the info. because once you are toe to toe with an officer he or she may feel more threatened .
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    I would inform by giving my permit as you did. I know if I were in the LEO's shoes, I would want to know.
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    I do whether it's required or not,mainly because your ccw is tied to your drivers license,so they know if you have a permit or not,so why make it look your hiding something. (that's my 2 cents,no extra charge)
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