This does not make me feel too good about the officers in my area. I know (HOPE) all officers do not act like this. Here is what happened.
My wife and I were driving around looking for her a motorcycle last Friday, when we got stopped for having an expired tag on the car. She was driving and I was in the passenger side seat. We pulled over and the officer pulled up behind us. He came to the door hand on his firearm and very sternly (and rudely ) asked my wife for her license and registration. He told my wife to turn off the car. While my wife was finding the information, she asked him what she had done.
He gave a very rude, attitude filled answer, "I'll let you know when you give me your license and registration!" As we were getting the information, he called her tag in to find out the owner of the car. The dispatcher told him that she had a CCW permit, so he asked if we had any "weapons" (I hate that word.) in the car. So I told him I had a CCW permit and I am carrying my pistol on my right hip. He told us both to place our hands on the dash board. Then he asked me if he could secure my firearm for his safety.
I told him yes. When he came over to my side of the car I told him it was on my hip. As I lifted up my shirt (grabbing my shirt around the underarm area with the opposite hand), he started reaching to pull it from the my IWB holster. I was carrying my Kimber SLE like I always do (cocked and locked). He saw the firearm and froze. As he stood there, he looked very shocked and confused about what he was just presented. I got the impression he did not know how to handle the firearm. So, then he backed away, leaving my firearm in my holster. He told me to keep my hands to the dash.
I guess he thought it was safer for my Kimber to be in my holster than for him to handle it. He went to his car and wrote my wife a ticket for the expired tag and then came back to my side of the car to present the ticket. We have our hands on the dashboard, the car doors are closed, the electric powered window is up and the car if turned off. He comes back to my window and asks me to roll down the window. So I opened the door, he gets worried, and starts repeating, "Roll down your window." I finally got him to listen to me say, "They are power windows and you had me turn off the car." He then replied, "Okay.", and then he stood there with the door open as he explained the ticket.
One good thing about him when he came back to the car is he had a completely different attitude. He started being very friendly and helpful with our questions.
This small event did not make me feel like the officers in this area are being trained good enough. I don't feel they should be as scared as he seemed just form seeing a firearm. And I really don't understand the rude attitude when he first pulled us over. Unless you know I just performed some violent crime, there is no need for the rudeness.
I do not feel any safer knowing there is officers like this on the roads.
Thanks for reading.