First LEO stop while carrying – twice in 1 night
Coming home from camping, had my 357, in holster, stuck between the passenger & the middle seat of the front seat. I was driving by myself. Going thru a small town with a lot of speed limit changes. Get pulled over. Radio off, interior lights on and both hands on the wheel. LEO asked for license, reg, etc. I notify him of the revolver, which is in plain sight anyway. He replies don’t touch it and we’ll have no problems. Turns out I have a rack attached to my hitch receiver that was blocking my lic plate. He talked to me for a minute about that and sent me on my way. About 45 minutes later as I’m getting into the valley, pulled over again. Same drill as before. This officer asks me to step out and stand in front of his car, because of the gun, while he runs my plates. Gives me the same covered lic plate talk and then some small talk about hunting and my last name, “do you know so & so ?”.
Both officers were very professional and it seemed like them dealing w/ armed citizens was very routine.
I will reassess how to use the rack to keep lic plate uncovered and avoid unnecessary stops in the future.
All in all, very satisfied with the treatment from the 2 officers. Both were professional and courteous. I hope all future encounters are as pleasant.