Finally got pulled over...
I was heading to campus for a pre-service meeting, and hit a "borderline" yellow light and was pulled over -- this is the first time since having a carry license. Since I was heading to campus, I wasn't carrying, but I still volunteered my CHL (Oregon, it's a concealed handgun license), and had both hands on the wheel when the LEO stepped up to the window. He asked if I had the firearm on me, I said no, and he walked away. When he returned, I asked him politely what he would have done if I did have the gun on me -- he said that he would have taken it for the period of the stop, then returned it at the end. For some reason, and I suppose I never thought about it -- why in the world would an LEO take your firearm only to give it right back? What's the point? If someone planned to open fire on the police, you'd think it would be right when they walked up, or after they handed the firearm back because perhaps they're angry about a ticket ;-) -- it doesn't make sense to me to take it if they're just going to give it back 5 minutes later. Take the darn thing if there's a problem or you sense danger or are reasonably suspicious perhaps, but just to seize it for no real reason? Maybe someone can shed some light, my apologies if my comments are ignorant.
And I know this has been discussed a time or two, but I also don't understand how the police have a right to strip you of your firearm without cause or reason. The only reason this strikes my mind is because my wife and I were watching Forensic Files the other night late, and there was an on-duty LEO who was pulling women over, going up to their car, sitting inside and doing inappropriate things -- then, one woman fought back, injured him, and he killed her for whatever reason. Anyway, this just sort of put the thought in my mind that if an officer stripped someone of their firearm, then tried to pull something like this....I know, I know, perhaps I'm being a bit paranoid now, but cops are still people and you just never know. Nothing against any of our hard working LEO's out there -- please don't get me wrong. It just crossed my mind during the episode that an officer has the power and legal right to take our firearms...then we are essentially at their mercy.
Sorry for this long post! Up late, and just wanted to share my thoughts.
By the way, I feel like home here among folks who are gun friendly - ugh, I don't know a single person here in Eugene, OR who carries. It'd be great to have some personal comradeship.