This is a discussion on To Disclose or Not to Disclose: Here is the Answer within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I informed for the first couple times I got pulled over shortly after receiving my permit. After that I made the decision to no longer ...
I informed for the first couple times I got pulled over shortly after receiving my permit. After that I made the decision to no longer do so unless asked directly or required to exit the vehicle, as another member indicated. In general, I prefer to keep as much to myself as possible (forum participation being the exception, haha).
The second time I informed is what turned me off. The officer was annoyed that I handed my CCL with my ID and dismissed it immediately because he was in a rush to step onto his soapbox about my speeding. That was a while ago, its been a year or so since I've been pulled over (IIRC) so I haven't gained a lot of experience with such interactions. I've been asked a couple times if any drugs/weapons/fun-stuff are in the truck and at that point I disclose the information.
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I don't understand why some states require "duty to inform". Someone that intends to do harm isn't going to inform, only the law abiding will inform. Just like a lot of other gun laws that just hassle the law abiding.
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What I hear from my friend's that are Police and Sheriffs, it's a good idea to inform weather it's requiered or not. The Officer's appreciate the courtesy.
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They tried to get it taken off in TX, too...but couldn't...so they did get the specific penalty for not notifying removed...
...leaving you to deal with an angry, insulted officer, should you decide not to notify upon demand...and they still have the right to remove the weapon during the encounter...and HE decides if you're a threat to yourself or anyone else, and if you've violated any provision of the chapter (which you have by failing to notify)...he can keep your weapon. The law doesn't say in this section how you go about getting it back. TX GC 411.207.
Notify the officer if he demands ID...it's the only smart thing to do.
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In IL it’s tied to my DL, so I will hand the ccw badge over with the DL and insurance info.
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The first time I was pulled over after starting to carry, I informed the officer, figuring it to be courteous. He seemed slightly on edge afterwards - not jumpy, but maybe concerned. From that point I decided I’d keep my mouth shut unless I’m asked to exit my vehicle, to make sure he knows about it before he might see it (gust of wind or whatever).
In a perfect world I think informing makes sense. Really, an officer should kind of assume a gun to be present regardless. But they’re human, and might deal with the unexpected in unfortunate ways.
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I informed one time...The cop reached in and split the base of my skull with the butt of his revolver!!]
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