I went into the desert to plink with me .22 this afternoon. had some fun, but was followed by a cop once i got on the road. He pulled me over a few blocks from my house. "ooh boy" i said... i havent been pulled over in years, and esp. since i am carrying i was nervous..
He approached my filthy SUV with the McCain stick, NRA sticker and the twin towers on the back window. He asked for my ID, etc, etc... i immediately let him know i have a concealed firearm permit and i am armed. I put my hands on the wheel. he asked where it was...i said my left side. He then reached into my vehicle, pulled it out of my holster, removed the magazine and asked me if i had anymore weapons in the car.
I said yes, my .22 in the back. Ok, please step out and come back to my car, you're not in any trouble. i pulled you over because you have a broken brake light...I had no idea...but he was cool with it. He asked me if i had anymore weapons on me..i said no. He then asked if he could pat me down. i was cool with it... he didn't cuff me or anything.
Right after this, another car pulls up - his superior i take it. They asked where my .22 was...in the back i said. is it stolen they asked? i said...uuuh, no, it's been in my family for 70 something years.
They said that they separate people from weapons so thats why i had to leave my car. His superior checked out the rifle, put it back in and they started to ask me how my shooting was. I said, it was cool. 22's are cheap and fun to shoot...they comments on my rifle and even my handgun as being nice. They let me off with a warning...gave me my paperwork and my gun back.
I was calm, courteous, cooperative, and the cop was cool. I thought i was in big trouble when another car pulled up...3 in total..5 cops. i got nervous because ive been told stories of what cops do to ccw holders if they do not tell the cop right away. He made mention of that and said i did well.
If anything, these event helped me to trust cops a bit more. He treated me like a human, an adult even. So i said i would fix the bulb and thank you...i left and went home.