Car wreck today, interesting CHL note
So today, I was taking my younger brother out to finish his Christmas shopping, like stuff for the parents since he doesn't drive yet. It was raining, I wasn't paying as much attention to the road as I should have, and I read ended a SUV. All three people involved are ok, the vehicles are both driveable although need some body work, but a witness called the police, and an officer showed up. The officer starts walkin towards us and in Ohio there is a duty to inform LEO when carrying, and it is tied into the driver's liscense, so they would find out anyway, but whatever. So I walk towards the officer with my hands in plain sight and calmly say "Sir, I have a Concealed Handgun Liscense, and my weapon is on my hip at my 3:00."
The other driver who actually is an avid shooter took a step back when he heard me say that, he was just surprised. And the officer looked at me wierd for a second and said "What? Where is your weapon?" I repeated that is was on my hip at my 3:00 and he told me to secure it in the vehicle while he watched. I'm sure this was all a bit of a shock to him, because I am only 21, and in the suburban area the wreck he probably doesnt encounter CHL holders all that often, anyways, I don't know what he expected to see me pull out of a holster, but from the look on his face it wasn't a parkerized .45 1911A1 . I did the best I could to stay with my hands in his view while using the car and door to shield the weapon from passing motorists, locked it up, and then handled all the paperwork.
On my citation (the wreck was my fault, no way around that), he commented that I was very polite. And he thanked me before I left for informing him, so I don't know if people forget sometimes or what. Anyways, being in a wreck always sucks, but it was my first encounter with LEO while carrying (hopefully one of the few I will have), and it was interesting to see how the LEO reacted to it.