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hello all , my son and i were stop for a light out in the car. my son pulled out his license and his ccl and i had mine he ask my son where his gun was at,my son responded right side belt,,ok so far, but then he ask why we were carrying guns for. i was lost for a few seconds. it never past my mind what do you say to that? my son told him we were going to the range so he let us go (no ticket) but i did not want to tell him cause i can, its my right, that's why i have a permit, why he asked i dont know.but i don't want to be disrespectful

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Tell him you carry a gun because he weighs too much to carry on your back.
Yeah, ask him if he's willing to escort you everywhere you go.


I would have simply told him that you we're licensed to carry something that you have a constitutional right to posses.

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Because I'm an American citizen, with a right given by God.

And, in order to defend myself and my family should the need ever arise.
 

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I hear what you are saying. You didn't want to antagonize the cop and get your son a ticket. I think a polite "for self protection" would have done.
 

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Tell him because otherwise carrying around all these mags/speedloaders would be useless.... (j/k)
 

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The Ma Deuce is in the shop?
 

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Tell him your crystal ball is broke and you never know when somebody may try to rob or rape you,tell him if all they want is money thats one thing,but if it's the other theres gonna be some gunfire
 

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Such a stupid question wouldn't warrant much of an answer. My response would have been respectful but minimal.
 

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A simple, "For self protection", should be all the answer he needs.
 

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but then he ask why we were carrying guns for.
At that point, it would be, "I have a permit to carry." Then SHUT UP. The traffic stop has just turned into an interrogation and you have rights there, too.

I've been stopped twice while carrying. Once in NC, once in SC. In NC, the gun was on the dashboard as prescribed by law (I didn't have a CWP then). The officer confiscated my weapon for the duration of the stop, and probably ran the serial number while he had it. They can be a little anal/antsy in NC. In SC, the officer simply asked me where it was and told me to "keep your hands away from it."

Be polite, be respectful, but stand your ground on your rights.
 

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Your son gave a fine answer, "we are going to the range." If he proceeded to ask more questions, then you might have had to get into some of the other answers that have been suggested. By the way, "self-defense" is the definitive answer in my opinion.
 

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Be polite, honest and to the point. I've never been asked that question, by anyone, but if I were, my answer would be "Because I choose to."
 

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Every time I see one of these posts I think the same thing. How can a guy that carries a gun to protect himself asks that of someone else doing the same. Geez.
 

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"Have you seen the news lately officer?"
 
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