A couple of weeks ago, wife and I were traveling on I-15 south to central Utah to get a new dog from a breeder, we lost our other family companion earlier this fall after 15 yrs. On the way we were talking and listening to the radio and the next thing I saw, a light bar in my rear view mirror. I looked down at my speedo and sure enough, I was speeding about 15+ over the limit. Limit was 65 and I was pushing 80 ... oops! So, I pull over right away, turn on the interior lights, get my wallet out with DL and CCW permit in hand. With my hands on top of the steering wheel, the trooper comes up on the passenger side of the car. He taps on the window and my wife rolls it down. "Drivers license and insurance please", he asked. I handed him my DL and permit and informed him that I was carrying a concealed weapon. The trooper asked where it was, I told him at 3 o'clock on my right hip. He asked, what kind of gun? I told him it was a .45 cal model 1911. "Oh, a colt?" he said. No, I said it was a Kimber ... "Oh nice" he said. I asked how fast I was going and he said he clocked me at 78mph. He asked me to sit still and he would be right back. He returned to the cruiser, ran my info and returned. The trooper handed me back my DL and permit and said, "I am giving you a verbal warning to slow down, your history is clean and I believe you just werent paying attention to the speedometer". He says, "The only reason I am giving you this verbal warning is because you are actually carrying a gun". He said, "More people should be carrying a concealed weapon these days". My wife was flabergasted. I'm sure her jaw hit her lap when he said this.
Long story short, the trooper was pleased that I was carrying my handgun, commended me on my efforts to protect myself and family and let me go with a verbal warning. How cool is that?
He was very professional and conducted the stop very well. Kudos to Utah Highway Patrol, your officer today showed himself as a class act.
ETA: Utah does not require permit holders to notify LE that they are carrying. The officer reminded me of this and I explained to him that I thought he had every right to know who he was dealing with right up front. He appreciated the fact that I was honest and did notify him of my weapon. I guess I will continue to notify LE of my weapon no matter if it's required or not. I dont think it can hurt to tell them up front.