my CPL saved me from a ticket!...
I'll try to make this short....
I'm in a parking lot traveling in the left lane of a 2 lane one way. The guy in the right lane suddenly decides he wants to turn left, and I slam on my breaks and honk, avoiding him by inches, but blocking him from being able to finish his turn.
I back up, go around the *******, and speed away...a couple hundred feet away, I stop completely for some pedestrians in a cross walk (who totally did not appreciate my stopping for them, heh), continue on my way, turn left towards the exit, and right onto the main roadway.
...needless to say, I was kind of peeved, certainly driving faster than necessary, and this apparently drew the attention of some of the area's finest, who proceeded to turn on their lights and pull me over.
Immediately upon stopping, he orders me out of the car. I follow all orders, tell him I have a weapon in the car (an M&P compact w/ a crimson trace) and a CPL, at which point I get patted down and handcuffed....a first for me, heh.
One of the other guys goes to the passenger door, asks my fiance out, gets my piece, unloads it, and carries it back to his car to run the serial number.
As they're running my info, I ask one of the other guys to remove my cuffs which he does.
The other guy gives me back my driver's license, tells me he saw the whole thing happen, and understands I was upset, but that I would be better off pulling to the side of the road for a few minutes to blow off some steam instead....duly noted.
The other guy hands me back my piece, and says "nice piece of hardware, I've only ever seen the wraparound crimson traces before." :image035:
So we wax on for a few seconds about how the M&P has a removable backstrap, which is why the crimson trace fits so flush with the grip.
Anyway, I suspect that they had ran my plates while I was stopped at a red light, and knew I had a CPL before pulling me over, which is likely the reason I was ordered out of the car immediately upon stopping.
I was absolutely compliant, did not show any signs of aggression, etc, but it was likely the shared interest in firearms that got me out of a ticket, heh.