This is a discussion on Must inform LEO when carrying in VA? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by wht06rado Virginia CCW permit holders have a note in VCIN (Virginia Criminal Check System), so the officer usually knows when walking up ...
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You aren't required in VA to notify unless asked. I think that they'd appreciate it though, especailly depending on the county. Some counties like Fairfax and Arlington aren't too gun friendly, and I can't help but think that it would be better to let them know then have a cop who isn't aware of the law get pissed off about you not saying anything. Like one of the earlier poster said, think about if you were in their shoes. Were it me, I'd rather have the motorist be upfront tell me. Road stops can make LEO's a bit jumpy and it migth be better to "disarm" the situation for them.
"An armed society is a polite society."
It is NOT required, but it seems like a wise decision. Especially if you are going to be fumbling with your license and registration and whatnot. I would probably keep my hands on the steering wheel and tell them that I was carrying and ask them what they would like me to do/if anything.
I wouldn't want to suprise an LEO with my ccw. Thats a good way to get shot by a jumpy rookie.