First time today meeting any members of the Narcotics Team. Unfortunately, they were searching my car.
I was just sitting in an empty parking lot during my lunch break- I had finished eating and was just putting my book away to return to work when a new Tahoe rolls up. FAST. It stops, and my first thought is 'oh crap, do I need to draw". LUCKILY, I decided that it was most likely LEO and not some PO'd dealer or something. Three people get out, older man driving (I say older, maybe 40s?- give me a break, I'm 23), another guy from the passenger side rear door, somewhere in his 20s, and a woman from the front passenger door, also 20s. First thing I see is the woman; I see a Glock in a holster- this is when I go, oh, LEOs- THEN the badge clipped to her belt.
She walks up to my passenger window, which is down, and I hold my hands up where they can be seen clearly and announce 'I have to tell you; I am a CWP holder, and I have IT with me; it is in my left front pocket and my ID is in my right rear pocket'. She gives me a kind of blank look- the other guys are circling my car, older guy around behind to driver side, younger guy around the front- 'where is the gun?' At this point I mentally wince- 'gun'? why would you say gun? this is not the time to use that word- we DON'T use that word in this scenario. I tell her again, it's in my left front pocket.
The older guy opened my car door, gently grabs my left wrist, and tells me to get out of the car, and just keep my hands visible. I, of course, comply eagerly. Once I'm out of the car, he removes the gun from my pocket, and hands it over to the woman who goes over to the Tahoe and calls in the serial number. (It came back clean, of course) The older guy asks if he can search me, and the car. I kind of shrug and tell them I'm not hiding anything; and to go for it.
I hand over my ID, and the older guy calls my DL# in, got nothing, and gave it back. The other two search my car; not under the hatch though, for some reason. Confused me a little. But, they did compliment my .357. Said it was a good looking gun, and asked a few other questions about it.
They thanked me for my cooperation, and sent me on my way. Made me late getting back to work by 10 minutes, but I wasn't too upset over it.
So, all in all, it was my first encounter with LEOs after I started carrying, and it was a good encounter overall. I will just be parking for lunch in a different lot from now on though. Knowing that they won't likely see this, I would like to express my thanks to the LEOs out there that DON'T make it difficult for CWP holders.