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:
- Make sure you relax.
- 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.
- 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.