First off in NC you must inform any officer you speak
with that you are carrying. I knew of this law but did
not realize how serious NC LE was about the law until
I had a run in with a LEO.
I was driving through a bad part of town at night
to go downtown to play guitar at a restaurant.
I have a permit to carry and always have my firearm beside
me while driving except for this one night I put my gun in the trunk
of my car since I wasnt going to carry in the restaurant.
So I drove past a patrol car and noticed it pulled out behind me
as I passed and followed me. I knew I wasnt speeding but felt
I was getting ready to get pulled over and I was right.
Two officers approached my car with flashlights on. I had my window
down, permit, license, and registration ready to give the officer.
He asked if I knew why I was being pulled and I said no. He said one
of your headlights is out. I was in the process of trying to tell him
I had a permit and was handing him my permit card when he cut me off and said I noticed when I ran your tags that you have a concealed permit. Then asked me if I had a gun on me. I said yes but it wasnt actually on me and that the gun was in the trunk. Im sure he thought I was lying because he asked me to step out of the car and he was going to search me. I said ok that's fine but I do have a knife in my pocket.
The other officer was shinning his flashlight in my car visually searching
through the window never actually opening the door to search while
I was outside the car.
He patted me down and didnt ask to see the knife then said get the
light fixed and always tell us when you have a permit. I said ok thanks. Im sure he would have given me a ticket if in fact I did have my gun on me. I know they were just doing their job but be sure if the inform law is the same in your state that you tell a officer immediately you have a permit and are carrying.