How to Properly Engage Law Enforcement When Carrying Concealed

How to Properly Engage Law Enforcement When Carrying Concealed
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What to do if you have interaction with law enforcement in your in your vehicle so maybe you’re going a little bit too fast or you run that stop sign a little bit too quick and you get pulled over let’s say that you get pulled over and you have a concealed carry permit that’s valid and whatever state you’re in and you have your pistol on you or maybe it’s in your vehicle in the glove box and the center console something like that as a police officer I’m often asked this question as well now what what do I do all that stuff so here’s what I recommend now keep in mind this is not legal advice this is just my general perception having pulled a few people over what I recommend and what we recommend out here at the sig sauer Academy so first off you’re driving you’ve grown a little too fast you do get pulled over what I recommend is you immediately just pull this side at a safety and wherever you can safely pull the side and get off the road when you pull over go ahead put the vehicle in park put your hands up on top of the wheel and don’t do anything else the police officer is going to handle everything else from there as a police officer what I don’t really like to see from way back there especially at night is digging around in here you think you’re helping by trying to find your license and registration insurance documents but really you’re just getting the police officer on edge because they see you digging in compartments and they don’t really know what you’re doing so from a safety standpoint that’s where I recommend you pull over put car on park take your foot off the brake you see brake lights on when you’re sitting in a police cruiser behind you always kind of wondering if they’re going to try to take off on you so vehicle and park hands up on the wheel just like this if it’s dark out what I’ll do is an additional step I’ll recommend that you go ahead and turn on your dome light your overhead light so in park hands up on the wheel turn on my light and I’m not going to do anything else obviously I’m going to roll down the window that’s important all right so whether they come up on the driver’s driver side or passenger side doesn’t matter when they come up they can see your hands up on the wheel the lights on vehicles in park and that’s going to set a lot of police officers minds at ease it’s good practice to do so from there let’s say this scenario happens officer pulls up on me they ask tell me why they pulled me over and asked for my license and registration and proof of insurance what I’m going to tell them before I even do anything you say certainly officer I’ll go ahead get you those documents but before I do anything I want to let you know that I do have a valid concealed carry permit in this state and my pistol is located where so I’d recommend saying I’ve got a concealed carry permit I do have a pistol on me it’s in my hip on a strong side I’ve got a pistol on my strong side hip holster it’s right there I just wanted to let you know as a courtesy before I reach for anything any police officer worth his or her salt will appreciate that you gave them that heads-up as a courtesy in some states keep in mind that’s actually a requirement in some states it’s not you’re going to want to check with that so as I’m up here before when they asked me for my documents I would simply just say that hey sir or officer before I reach for anything I want to let you know that I’ve got a concealed carry permit in the state and I’ve got my pistol on my hip I wanted to let you know that as a courtesy before I reach for anything and from there simply follow directions every police officer is going to handle that a little bit differently but I’m pretty sure that most police officers out there going to really appreciate you giving them that courtesy before you do anything because some computer systems will show that you have a concealed carry permit when your name is run and certainly as a police officer what I don’t want to see is when I ask for your license and registration and your reach in your glove box I’m looking at your big hand cannon sitting there now mine mind you it’s that may be perfectly legal in your state no problem at all but it’s going to start them me as a police officer a little bit and I’m just going to kind of wonder why didn’t this person just go ahead and tell me about that before they open that up as a courtesy so not a requirement unless your state requires it so check on the legal requirements here folks is just some general information and some of the things we recommend if you have law enforcement interaction out there in your vehicle when you’re carrying your concealed firearm for those of you looking for a place to actually train maybe a local gun range and don’t know exactly where to shoot what I recommend is visit the NSSF site where to shoot org and they’ll direct you to a local range that you can practice some your firearm skills

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