Must inform LEO when carrying in VA?
Does anyone know what the law is or have a link to the law about informing a LEO that your carrying in a traffic stop in Virginia? I looked on the Virginia State Police web-site and didn't come up with an answer. Packing.org has this:
Date updated: Aug 5, 2005 @ 11:44 pm
While not law to notify a law enforcement officer, Virginia CCW permit holders have a note in VCIN (Virginia Criminal Check System), so the officer usually knows when walking up on a vehicle stop if a person is/can be legally armed.
But it was last updated in 2005 and I'm not sure if it has changed or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :wave:
I livein VA and have handled it both ways
I've been stopped at license checks and sobriety checkpoints, with the family and alone, and haven't informed officers that I was armed. I'm not required to tell them in Virginia and it hasn't been a problem. At those times they weren't running the tags or drivers' licenses.
Last year I was stopped for speeding; I'd left the interstate and was on a wide two lane country road and was talking more than looking at the speedometer.
I knew as soon as I rounded a curve and saw the cruiser that I was going to be stopped. I slowed and waited for the officer to catch up and pulled right over when he turned on the lights. He took a short time to come up to the truck, and I know he ran the tag during that time and knew I had a permit. As he got to the door I had my driver's license and permit in hand and gave them to him. I explained that I was talking to my friend and my son and still had the "interstate mindset", and apologized for speeding.
He went back to his car and ran the license, came back up and said to slow it down and be careful, and let me go on my way. I don't know that having the permit or letting him know I was armed, or just plain being polite, apologizing and accepting responsibility for messing up made him decide not to give me a ticket. I don't really care which one of those things, or all of them, affected his decision, but we were both satisfied and had a good day. Thanks again, Officer, if you're reading this.
Know the law where you are, whether in your home state or traveling. Treat the officer like you'd want to be treated if your positions were reversed. Everyone has a better day and goes home safely.