Face it; you aren’t a perfect driver and you have probably been pulled over at least once in your lifetime. That is sure to happen again, but what happens if you add a legally concealed firearm into the mix? Here’s some helpful advice for interacting with the police while carrying concealed. But first and foremost:
Police Want To Go Home At Night — Just Like You
Law enforcement is a job. When police officers see you, their first thought is usually, “how can I get through this safely and go home at the end of my shift.” So, it is extremely important to stay calm and polite no matter what happens.
Now, before we begin, you should already know the law in your state (and any state that you’re traveling through) while armed. Can you carry into restaurants? Can you carry inside a bank? Most importantly, are you legally required to inform any officer you’re interacting with that you’re carrying.
Police Interactions In A Vehicle
If in a car, do the following things immediately:
- Dome light on.
- Hands clear and visible on the steering wheel.
- Inform the officer that you have a firearm in the vehicle.
He will usually then ask where it is located. If it is on your body, don’t touch it. If he asks for paperwork, supply it.
- Move your hands slowly at all times.
If there’s anyone else in the car, tell them to keep their movements to a minimum and also keep their hands where they are clearly visible.
- Look straight at the police officer when answering any questions.
- Maintain eye contact whenever possible.
- Speak clearly and succinctly.
- Do what you are instructed to do.
If you disagree with anything the police officer is asking to do: ask questions. A simple question can help clear up any confusion. If the answer doesn’t meet your requirements, ask to speak with an attorney.
Interacting With Police While Carrying Concealed
If you’re at home or just walking down the street, there’s a chance a police officer might talk to you. If so:
- Stay calm
- Stay civil
- Be clear and annunciate
- Maintain eye contact
- Keep hands visible at all times
Seriously, just that much will make any interaction you have with law enforcement amazingly simple and non-confrontational.