There's a section on I-66 in Virginia where D.C. rush hour traffic goes from 4 to 2 lanes at Gainesville, and VSP likes to hang out at the merge to watch for HOV violations and expired inspection stickers. The trooper was standing next to his vehicle and tried to flag me down (my window was down, but music was up) but had to hop in the cruiser and pull along side me in the shoulder to let me know. I went through the motions: turn off car, hands on the wheel, etc. My pistol was sitting on the front seat, so right before he got to the window I said "Trooper, I have a firearm in the front seat". He said "okay", and went to ask me if there were any other weapons in the car. He told me it wasn't a problem and that he'd like to go around the other side and unload it. He went around the back of the car to my passenger door, I unlocked it, and he said he would like to unload it and run the serial number, and I said that's fine. He picks it up, and tries to unload the pistol, and eventually asks me where the mag release was (HK P2000 v3, by the way). I tried to tell him it's where all mag release buttons/levers are, but eventually he just held the pistol for me to drop the mag for him (after he tried the decocker, if you are familiar with the "switch" on the rear of the slide on the p2k). Once he got it empty, slide locked, he asked "This a SIG?" to which I replied "No sir, Heckler and Koch". He left my magazine and free cartridge on the front seat, eventually came back and explained that they like to run the serial numbers when it comes up, and that he was going to put the pistol behind my passenger seat and that I could retrieve it and reload it afterwards. I told him he can just toss it in the trunk and I'd get it later. He said he wasn't going to write me a ticket and how much he appreciated me telling him before he got to the door. "Be safe out there".
Good encounter, and I understand him running the SN if that's policy. Made me a little uncomfortable that I had to drop the magazine while he held onto the pistol though. Any thoughts? Anybody know about VSP's gun check policy?