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How Concealed Carry Holders Should React When Stopped by Police

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Here’s one of the most common questions asked by CCW permit holders, answered by a police officer.

Mike the Cop starts off by making an important point. The vast majority police offers support private citizens carrying guns.

This should make you a lot more comfortable if you are ever pulled over by a police officer. But it’s also helpful to know how to react and communicate with the officer.

Just to reiterate Mike’s advice:

  1. Make sure you relax.
  2. Keep your hands visible. No need to scramble to get your driver’s license, insurance and registration until the officer is up to the window and can observe your movement.
  3. As a courtesy, it’s a good idea to communicate that you have a firearm and explain where it is located.  In many cases, this is an option.  However, it can be a requirement in some states, so its imperative that you know your state and local law.

As Mike explains, a traffic stop is no different for a CCW permit holder than anyone else.  The key is to stay relaxed, comfortable and use common sense.

Mike advises to always carry if you have a permit. Make sure you seek out good training under stress. Practice and become proficient with your firearm.

Having a mental idea of how to handle situations is always going to help you.

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How Concealed Carry Holders Should React When Stopped by Police