5 Safety Tips for Getting Pulled Over While Carrying a Concealed Firearm
The police are nervous when they pull you over. They don't know you. They don't know what you will do. They have to deal with some of the most evil, violent, and completely unpredictable people on earth. They don't want to die. So if you are legally carrying a concealed firearm when you are stopped by the police and you make any sudden or threatening move, you just might get shot.
So what should you do, as a law-abiding citizen with a concealed-carry weapon, when you are stopped by the police? Here are the official guidelines, according to the laws of my state (Ohio). They are probably the same for other states as well. I have followed these rules after getting pulled over, and everything turned out just fine (thank God).
1. Inform the police.
If you are stopped by the police, whether you are in your car, or on a motorcycle, or just walking down the street, IMMEDIATELY inform the police that you have a concealed-carry license, tell them if you actually have the concealed firearm on you (they'll probably ask you where on your body), and keep your hands up and in plain sight at all times.
Make NO sudden moves. If you are in your car, do NOT get out of the car unless the police tell you to. You are considered a huge threat to them if you get out of the car. Stay right where you are.
2. Have your license ready.
If you are driving, and all of a sudden you see the lights flashing in your rearview mirror, pull over as quickly and as safely as you can. You will have a minute or two to retrieve your proof of insurance and vehicle registration from the glove compartment, and time to get your driver's license and concealed-carry license. I ALWAYS carry my CCW (concealed-carry weapon) license in my wallet near my driver's license.
When you are pulled over, put your CCW license on top of the driver's license, and the registration/proof of insurance under it all, so the officer sees the CCW first. Then, put your hands out the driver's side window so he can clearly see them. Do NOT wait until the police officer is at your window to get your licenses from a wallet or glove compartment. He may interpret that as going for a gun, and he will shoot you.
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