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Got pulled over today...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by joejoeshooter, May 28, 2009.

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  1. joejoeshooter

    joejoeshooter Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Music City USA
    handed my DL and carry permit to the officer and told him that I had a weapon in the car. He asked where it was - I told him under my right arm. He said "thanks for letting me know and I'll be right back." He came back and handed me my insurance papers, registration, permit and DL. Told me thanks and be careful. I asked him if I handled it correctly and he said "text book and thanks"

    By the way - I was not cited for expired tags (my on fault of course) or running red light.

    I'm pretty sure my carry permit got me out of trouble today.


    For the record: In Tennessee you must notify LEO that your carrying.
  2. ghh3rd

    ghh3rd Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Boy Scout uniforms work well too :)
  3. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Egads, those are two expensive tickets you got out of. You'll hear a variety of opinions in your thread - I personally notify by handing over CCW permit with DL EXCEPT in jurisdictions where I've had less than appreciative reactions. My thinking is that I know the cops are armed, in fairness they get to know that I am too. Most appreciate it.

    My experiences may not be as relevant as they once were; I haven't been pulled over for a couple years now.
  4. peyton

    peyton Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    You did fine, I had similiar experience, "officer I am a CCW and armed what do you want me to do"?? By nature it is good not to do anything that excites or makes police nervous. Now get your vehicle tags updated.
  5. sherman123

    sherman123 Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    That's how I got "made" after almost a year of carrying without people knowing. Got pulled over with a couple friends and had to explain where it was when he asked if any of us had weapons.
  6. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    Jul 5, 2008
    midwest Arkansas
    i never had understood why people put up threads like this.
  7. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Arlington, Republic of Texas
    This has been my experience as well, and I've been pulled over a fair amount of times while carrying. No tickets for any of them. I think having a carry permit and volunteering to show it tells the cop that you're not really looking to break the law or do something underhanded. This I think causes them to give you the benefit of the doubt and issue a warning more than a ticket.

    DAVIDSDIVAD member

    Nov 18, 2007
    Coast of Texas
    I'll never understand why people make posts like yours.
    Unlike your post, the thread has a purpose.

    In Texas, we are required to inform an officer that requests ID.

    As you can imagine, this leads to "What should I do/ what did you do/ what should I expect" from novice carriers like myself.

    It's very nice to read other people's experiences.
  9. 2RCO

    2RCO Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    I had a local LEO tell me that the cops around here see CCW's as the cream of the crop of the population. --Generally if someone is a thug or miscreant they aren't gonna be stupid enough to volunteer to get printed and have their background checked. This might have something to do with the warning tickets etc.. Although everywhere in America isn't like this. I'm pretty sure their are plenty of places that showing a CCW permit will get you nothing but trouble.

    It really depends on the individual LEO and his/her personal views. Cops are good people for the most part--sure their are jerks but what field doesn't have jerks working in it.
  10. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    I agree-I don't NEED a CC in Alaska,but cops have told me "it just shows your one of the good guys"
  11. 230RN
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    230RN Marines raising the left-leaning Pisa tower.

    May 27, 2006
    Yep. 45 in a 25 zone for me.

    Not braggin', just factulatin'.

    Upshot: "Defective Vehicle." (No points, no record on license.)

    Officer was cool when I handed DL and CCW over: "I'll have you on your way in a few minutes, sir," and handed back my CCW.

    First time I've been stopped in 25 years.

    So now I know.

    Ticket should have been for "Defective Driver."

    Terry, 230RN
  12. cassandrasdaddy

    cassandrasdaddy Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    i never had understood why people put up threads like this.

    possibly to balance out the posts from a variety of folks whose second cousins best friend wasn't doing a darned thing when the jbt's jacked him up . see prison planet/infowars/newsmax for details
  13. TAB

    TAB Member

    Dec 18, 2007

    You should be pissed not happy.

    Having a CCW should never effect the judgment of a LEO.
  14. mcdonl

    mcdonl Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I would say it was the OP's honesty and openness that the LEO took into consideration, not the fact he had a CCW.

    The glass is half full TAB....
  15. HKUSP45C

    HKUSP45C Member

    Nov 19, 2004
    Houston, By God Texas
    Everything affects the judgement of someone in a position to use professional discretion, regardless of their vocation.

    If you really want all police officers to be mindless automatons doing only what is exactly proscribed by the law in all situations well, I hope that works out for you .... someplace besides the country and\or state I live in, preferrably.

    Police officers can very often choose how they are going to handle a particular situation based on a wide array of "personal" criteria. I wouldn't really want it any other way.

    To the OP:

    Glad it worked out for ya ... now stop breaking the law ;)
  16. TAB

    TAB Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    enforcing the law on personal feelings violates the USCONS in so many ways its not even funny.

    I'd much rather have a officer write a ticket to every one, then not write tickets to a single group...
  17. raskolnikov_22

    raskolnikov_22 Member

    May 16, 2009
    I've been pulled over a couple times since I got my permit (for not using my blinker). The second time I wasn't armed, so I didn't hand him my permit. Nevertheless he glimpsed it in my wallet and asked if I had a gun. No, I said. No big deal, but now I give them the permit regardless.
  18. Racinfan83

    Racinfan83 Member

    May 1, 2009
    Eastern Missouri
    I believe in MO the CCW permit is actually ON your Driver's Liscense. SO - you better let the officer know right off the bat. The only thing with that is - it is also legal in MO to carry concealed in your vehicle WITHOUT a CCW permit. I still think it would be a VERY good idea to inform the officer right off the bat so that he knows the situation.

    This makes no sense. What you want is a bunch of "Terminator Robots" running around in Police uniforms. People have, and will always have, personal feelings - no matter how you think it should be. I look at it like this - you want to be part of the "in" group - then join it. If you don't - then don't complain. If being a CCW holder gets you a few favorable decisions by officers - then get one. What you are saying is that people should get a ticket whether they cuss out the cop from the time he pulls them over - OR if they are nice, polite and respectful. People aren't robots, and they will ALWAYS be more inclined to be nice and respectful to someone that is nice and respectful toward them.....
  19. runrabbitrun

    runrabbitrun member

    Mar 2, 2009
    Right here
    Although I wouldn't disclose unless my state's law says I have to.
    I think it's always best to treat others
    as you would like to be treated.

    Cops are people too and sometimes
    a little mutual respect can go a long way.
    This incident saved the OP some dough and points on his DL too.
    That's a good thing.

    This situation could of ended up with OP on the ground too I suppose.
    But it didn't, so this stop was a good stop, everyone went home to their families and all is well.

    Good to hear good stories some days ain't it? :)
  20. 7X57chilmau

    7X57chilmau Member

    Dec 9, 2008
    I'm Canadian, so CCW isn't an option for me. I've been pulled over for various things a half dozen times in my 15 years of driving.

    In EVERY encounter, simply treating the officer to friendly respect has gotten me off with just a warning.

    Generally, unless the cop's simply having a "bad day", respect and friendliness goes a LONG way.

    To me, the OP showed at least as much respect as he did CCW card.

  21. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    I've been carrying long enough that I often forget that I have a loaded pistol with me at all times. I've never informed the LEO who pulled me over simply because my mind was on the traffic stop and not my carry gun. I don't get pulled over much at all though. One time, the LEO noticed my gun and asked me about it and that was the point when I realized that, Oh yeah. It was in fact there with me like always. Oops.
  22. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    I think it comes from the constant barrage from most of the media and the anti's that somehow we are "bad people" for having guns and need to be treated differently since we're "dangerous".

    When someone encounters "the man" and is treated like a normal human, with the gun being no big deal, it's kind of a surprise. We're constantly hearing about how the gun is such an evil thing, it's a shock to many to find out that it's really not that big a deal to most people, even LE.
  23. snorky18

    snorky18 Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Has this law changed recently?

    Reason I ask is that it contradicts what I recall learning when I first got my permit in TN several years back.

    It also contradicts this:
  24. tn-dave

    tn-dave Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    East TN
    I agree snorky. Pretty sure TN is not a "shall inform" state.

    After a little more research 99.9% sure TN is not a "shall inform" state :)
    "carry permit" will show up after the officer runs your DL but not your tag.
  25. danprkr

    danprkr Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    This idea leads us to zero tolerance which you have but to read the news for more than 2 hours to know leads to zero thought, and from there to outrageous punishments for minor infractions. For instance: asthmatic student A loaning asthmatic student B his inhaler (same inhaler) because B's inhaler was out when B had an attack. Suddenly A is a drug dealer in the eyes of the school system, and punished the same as the corner crack dealer. Is that really the type of zero thought you want out of our police?
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