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Deputy attempts to justify seizing CCW handguns during traffic stop

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JackBurtonJr, Nov 19, 2012.

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  1. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

    Complete essay at: http://mikesbales.hubpages.com/hub/Concealed-Carry-A-Police-Officers-Prospective#comment-11096464

    I would encourage commenting at the bottom of the article if you choose to do so. I left a lengthy one .

    BTW... you don't have to register to comment
  2. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    I don't know Missouri law, but in many states, the cop has the authority to do exact that which is being described regardless of whether a person likes it or not.

    I have been disarmed a couple of times and got a kick out of the OK cop who handed my loaded guns back to me about 2 minutes after removing them. I was out of state at the time.

    Personally, I don't care about the officer's feelings anymore than s/he cares about mine. So long as everyone abides by the law and correct legal procedures, everything will be as it should be.
  3. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

    In "must inform" states the cop knows about the firearm. Very few states are must inform, though. The only way he's going to know in any other state is if the citizen informs him, which he is not required to do under the law. Don't know = no confiscation.
  4. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Police may disarm you during a stop in any state, and what he's doing is within his rights. In a state with no duty to inform he may still ask you, and you must tell him if you are armed.

    That's not the problem, though. It's his attitude towards people legally carrying a gun, and his distrust for those people.

    Actually, he IS illegally searching your serial number, though.
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  5. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

    No... there is no law in states that are not "must inform" that requires you to answer positively to this question. You can stare at him, you can tell him there is nothing illegal in the car, you can even blow him kisses, but you do not have to answer the question unless he has probably cause, or even the lower level of Reasonable Articulable Suspicion that a crime is occurring or about to occur. Even then, you always have the RIGHT to remain silent.
  6. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    Lying to a cop about having a weapon in your possession is not really setting yourself up for success.
  7. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    I saw nothing about lying in the post. He was recommending what most lawyers do. Do not provide any information you are not legally obligated to.
  8. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member


    That's what I love about 'net forums.
  9. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    Every time I have been pulled over I have been asked if I had any weapons. Telling him no, refusing to answer or blowing him kisses IMHO is not setting yourself up for success.
  10. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Okay, I do not want some cop telling me to put bullets into my sticky, grimy cup holder that's had plenty of root beer spilled in it with very little cleanup. It's one thing to disarm and clear, but to completely unload the magazine and require the bullets and the gun be placed separetly (he said "back seat") is a bit too paranoid.

    It would get more complicated if there are people in the back seat.
  11. Checkman

    Checkman member

    A War-story.

    I've been a police officer for twelve years. All in Idaho and all with the same department. I am also a permit holder.

    Here in Idaho ,when I run somebody's driver license, I am informed when I get my return whether or not somebody has a concealed carry permit. The holder does not have to inform me that they have a permit - the state tells me. I have a permit and I've run myself - guess what I have a concealed carry permit.

    When I learn that an individual has a permit I may or may not ask if the person is carrying based on a case by case basis. Many factors will be taken into account. The overwhelming majority of my contacts with permit holders are uneventful and I almost never even bring it up. Why should I if they aren't doing anything illegal?

    The only time I've pointed my weapon at a permit holder (who was carrying at that time) was a drunk who got into an argument with his neighbors, went back into his house, strapped on his shoulder holster with his (loaded) Walther PP in the holster, then put on a jacket over it. He then went back outside and began yelling at the same neighbors (and anyone else who was listening) that he was now carrying and would take down anyone who wanted to try to take him (or words to that effect). As he was screaming he kept pulling back his jacket and brandishing the holstered Walther.

    Big surprise the neighbors called 911. The call came in and I was first on scene. The guy was screaming and yelling and began to pull the Walther out the holster when he saw me. I drew my sidearm and told him (in a loud and possibly slightly squeaky voice) to leave that weapon in the holster or I would (yes those were the exact words I used) shoot him (also my exact words). Fortunately he followed my orders and other officers arrived within moments.

    That guy was arrested for Disturbing the Peace, Brandishing and Aggravated Assault (a Felony in Idaho) and he lost his permit.

    The guy was an idiot. The Walther PP was confiscated and after the case was adjudicated he never came back for the pistol. Eventually it and many other firearms were sold off to a local dealer.

    But that is the only time I have had a negative contact with a concealed carry permit holder in twelve years of law enforcement. I consider that to be a good thing.

    That's my war-story. I will act on a case by case basis.
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  12. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Surrendering your rights when you don't have to isn't either.

    In Utah, the law recently changed, and we no longer have to inform police if we are carrying. There is a school of thought that goes along with what I just stated above. You should never surrender your rights. HOWEVER, Utah cops are overwhelmingly pro-gun. I have never heard of any stupid shennigans from cops who pulled over people who were carrying. The vast majority of the time the driver is told to leave the gun where it is and not make any sudden moves. (The very few times I have been pulled over in recent years, it has gotten me out of tickets. They realize that as a permit holder you won't have any wants or warrants, and know that there will be no fun had with you.)

    But if I ever had a cop jerk me around, take my gun, play with it, commit unsafe acts with it, anything to that effect, I will inform him upon returning it that I am changing my policy to not informing, and telling my students the same thing. I will also be notifying all of his supervisors that as a result of his untrusting and disrespectful actions, I will no longer be notifying, and encouraging everyone I know to do the same.If the members of his agency no longer trust us to me armed and responsible, we no longer trust them enough to compromise to enhance their safety. Respect works both ways.
  13. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    My first time volunteering information about my legally concealed firearm upon being pulled over was also my last.
    The serial # was illegally run, and I was muzzle swept by the officer when he returned it..admittedly unloaded.
    I do not like the attitude of the officer who wrote the article. It reeks of an "I'm the only person qualified to handle YOUR gun" attitude...
    I can tell by the tone of the article that people are not people to the author, they are potential threats, and are required to be under his control at all times.

    What sense does it make to harass legal carriers of firearms? The guy that's going to shoot him in the face isn't going to tell him all about the gun he's going to do it with, before he does it.

    This is all about increasing the amount of control a LE officer has over a citizen who is fully legal...and this officer should be admonished for his attitude.
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  14. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

    Depends upon your understanding of the word "success."

    You're welcome to shout it from your car roof top. Many other CCW holders view it differently.
  15. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    In Ky we have to display our CCDW license if requested and carrying concealed.

    I usually open carry but inform that I am armed on the rare occasion that I have non work related contact with LEOs.

    I've been asked to surrender my weapon a couple times (both times by very young KSP troopers) and have always refused.
  16. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

    More details, Sam... you can't keep us hanging in the middle of a story such as that :)
  17. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    In Alaska you are required to inform LEOs during traffic stops or other contacts if carrying concealed. In practice it is just way, way less of an issue than internet civil libertarians make it out to be. I've never had anyone get bent out of shape during a traffic stop based on their requirement to inform or requirement to surrender the weapon for the duration of the stop.
  18. longknife12

    longknife12 Well-Known Member

    Only been stopped once in mega years...a New Mexico State Trooper.... I volunteered the CCW. Never asked to show or give it up. We had a nice conversation and I went on my way.For a younger officer, he demonstrated old school ways.
    This was just just east of Raton and the guy was a pleasure to deal with!
  19. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Not much story.

    KSP: Sir, I'd take to take control of your pistol for both your safety and my own.

    Me: No.

    KSP: *Confused Look* *steps away and keys radio*

    KSP: Have a nice day and slow it down.
  20. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    I've also had no real problems with it. Once the officer took the firearm, unloaded it and set it on the ground. But most of the time they just want to be appraised of where the firearm is on you or in the vehicle. They know perfectly well that it's the folks who tell them where their firearms are aren't the threat. It's the other ones who are. Like the gang banger on an outstanding warrant who drew on two cops yesterday and got shot in his car.
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