5 Safety Tips for Getting Pulled Over While Carrying a Concealed Firearm

5. Treat the officer the way you want to be treated.

This is simple, and while perhaps not legally required, always a good thing to do. Even when a police officer pulls you over, treat that officer the way you would like to be treated.

Many times when I've been pulled over, after handing over my licenses and registration the cop has said, "Stay right where you are. We'll get you going in just a second." I don't move. After a few minutes, he returns, gives me my warning or ticket (yes, I've been pulled over more than once), and lets me go on my way.  I am always as polite as I can possibly be.

One time an officer came up and apologized to me — three times! — before he gave me my ticket! I said, "Why are you apologizing? Man, I was the one who went through the stop sign!" He said, "Because I hate to give a ticket to one of the 'good guys.'"

"Huh? How do you know I'm one of the good guys? You don't even know me!" He said, "You're one of the good guys because you have one of these." And he held up my CCW license. "You went through all that trouble and expense to get this thing. And you followed all the rules in the stop. I know you're no threat to me." Everything was fine after that. We then talked about guns and our families. But he still gave me the ticket. (Darn. But I did deserve the ticket.)

If you follow these simple rules, and obey whatever legal commands the officer gives you and talk to the police politely (just like you would want someone to talk to you), you should have no problem. Yes, of course there are tragedies out there where people accidentally make the wrong move or someone sees something that actually was not a threat. But those are truly exceptions to the rules.

Every day the police stop people who are legally carrying and you never hear about it, because the vast majority of people do what they were taught. And live to go home that day.