You have it right, on both counts.
This is a discussion on Traveling from S.C. to Va. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hello all, My family & I will be traveling from SC to Va. in the near future. I have searched the handgunlaw.us website & this ...
My family & I will be traveling from SC to Va. in the near future. I have searched the handgunlaw.us website & this website about carrying & notification of LEO if stopped by them. Please help me by verifying my find.
If I am stopped by LEO in NC for traffic violation I must notify the officer immediately if I am carrying or have weapon in the vehicle. I present the concealed weapons permit with my DL.
In Virginia there is no need to notify if stopped by LEO or present my permit with my license.
Did I read all this correctly? Thanks for your help / verification.
You have it right, on both counts.
Anti-gunners seem to believe that if we just pass enough laws, we can have utopia. Unfortunately, utopia is NOT one of our choices.
You are correct. I travel between NC and VA all the time. However, it's not just for traffic stops in NC. Any "official" interaction with a LEO requires you to declare. Obviously, you don't have to pull over and surrender to every local sheriff's deputy you see, nor do you have to cross the street to avoid walking near a city cop. However, if you are approached by any LEO on official business, just politely let 'em know.
I have found some wise advice here: notifying a LEO is ALWAYS legal, and usually a smart move. Even in VA (where I am this week), I will be letting them know if I get pulled over. I hate surprises, and so do most LEOs I know.
Also, in VA the LEO will find out when he runs you through the computer, so better to notify him up front otherwise he will wonder "why didn't he notify?" and possibly become suspicious of you
It all depends upon the state the motorist is from. In my case, all running my tags or DL will get an officer, even in Connecticut, is my registration and DL info. An officer here would have to specifically request a permit database search.
It is misleading and often dangerous to make blanket assumptions and statements.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
Good point Majorlk, I stand corrected.
I do still recommend notifying even if not required and even if the LEO might not find out from the computer. In my experience the LEO has become friendlier after I notify.
If you're traveling in another state with your gun you're better off handing the officer your LTCF with your DL to prevent ticking the LEO off and avoiding any hassles like a seat in the back of his cruiser. My $0.02.
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Thanks for all the counsel I received on my post when traveling across state lines into nearby states.
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Just wanted to give an update on our trip. While traveling from SC to Va. At every place we stopped I double checked for posters or signs indicating no weapons. I found or didn't notice any. Didn't get pulled over for violating any traffic laws and didn't encounter any BGs. I didn't carry my G23 on my person but did have it in the vehicle and / or motel room. Instead I carried my wife's S&W M36 in an uncle mikes pocket holster.
I had a small interaction with a LEO over the weekend here in MI and after mentioning my CC permit the LEO seemed a little annoyed I had not yet showed it to him (I was still digging it out of my wallet at the time..). He then gave me a bit of a lecture about how I should always present it.
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