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Old 10-09-2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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Civilian Encounters: Guns, Laws, Motor Vehicles

We had this discussion a few months back on how to proceed during a traffic stop while carrying on your person or in your vehicle. I have been told during GA Gun Law classes by attorneys and LEOs not to inform the officer that I was carrying during a routine traffic stop. Here is a video from GA Traffic Enforcement from Monroe Ga....hey Keith/Lineman....that's you! Video is very well done and informative. We do not have to inform in the state of GA.

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Old 10-10-2017, 03:32 AM   #2
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That was a good video star. In Pennsylvania your not obligated to tell the Officer you have a gun unless the Officer asks. I've never had to deal with this situation but a friend of mine has and he did notify the Officer. The Officer thanked him and sent him on his way.
Maybe some of our members who are on or were on the job could give their opinion.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:39 AM   #3
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First, a pet peeve. Civilian encounters? Everyone is a civilian. The police dept is a civilian dept.

Ok, on to the the question. In Florida, there is no requirement to inform, and I don't. I also don't inform about my wallet, or cell phone, or groceries, or any other thing that is no one's business.

The only exception is that if I had to open the glove box and there was a gun in there, I would say something.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:53 AM   #4
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Good video, here in Illinois we're not required to inform an officer that we're carrying unless we are asked. I've ask a couple of our local LEO's and they said they'd appreciate it if the person informs them but don't use the word "gun" call it a "firearm". I guess gun is a trigger word that makes them very defensive.

As JC suggested I'd like to hear opinions for working or retired LEO's.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:04 AM   #5
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I found this map but keep in mind it's from 2015.

Do You Have A Duty To Inform When Carrying Concealed? We Look At All 50 States For The Answers ? Concealed Nation
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:23 AM   #6
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Good video, it actually covered what to do better than the permit class I took did.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:01 AM   #7
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I have too many friends and relatives who are LEOs. Their jobs are hard enough without folks being obstinate. I'll just let the LEO know that I have a firearm and work with him. I figure the vast majority are decent people who just want to go home at the end of their shift to their families. If I'm not doing something I shouldn't, I expect it won't be an issue.
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I guess in my situation, I haven't been pulled over....yet.


Thanks for posting the vid., Star.
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I also don't personally like a firearm being called a weapon. Maybe that's just me.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:59 AM   #10
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In NC we are required to notify Law Enforcement upon being stopped. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. My one and only time was at a license checkpoint by the local county sheriffs. He asked for my L&R; I stated "I am required to inform you that I have CCP and I am carrying. How do you want me to proceed?"

The response was "That's fine, I need your L&R." All matter of fact.

Maybe the range bag on the front seat gave him a clue.

I would inform even if I were not required to do it; I fervently want all concerned at ease, and also want to show respect.
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