To inform or not to inform, that is the question
This debate seems to come up in a lot of threads and I thought Iíd make a stand alone thread out of it.
First I understand that some of you live in one of the 9 states that require you to proactively inform the Officer that you are carrying in an official contact. Your state legislature has already made that decision for you, you donít have an option, we get it.
This question is more for the people who choose to disclose the fact that they are armed to the police when they donít have to. What is your rationale? Do you think it helps you to do so? Have you ever had it backfire?
As Iíve made clear previously, I choose not to disclose any information Iím not required to, to the police. I have a few different reasons for this they are:
1. I donít know until I disclose if the cop is pro citizen carry or against it ( dealing W/ CSPD Iím more likely to open my mouth to an anti) I donít want to hand an anti cop a reason to ruin my night.
2. IMO a traffic stop is a series of problems that the cop has to deal W/ before he can clear the call. If I throw a monkey wrench into the loop by announcing that Iím armed I just handed the cop a whole new batch of problems to solve before he clears the call. That means Iím going to sit on the side of the road longer.
3. Thereís no point I have my DL/REG/POI in my hands, on the wheel when the cop gets to my car. Heís not going to suddenly discover Iím armed unless I tell him.
I said this in another thread but I get the impression that the people that go out of their way to inform feel like theyíre giving the cop the ďsecret, good guy, sheepdog hand shake" when they disclose. Also as Iíve mentioned before Iíve had people actually say that handing the cop their CHP lets him know theyíre one of ďthe good guysĒ.
So what is your rationale? Why do you inform? What good does it do you?
For those who don't Why not?