Originally Posted by opaww
Third if an officer asked to see your handgun be polite and cooperate, show the law-abiding side of any confrontation, and in doing so shows support for the laws. Do not under any circumstances take the gun out of the holster if asked by a LEO if they can see your handgun, (don’t even touch it) let the LEO remove the gun and let them handle it. Just remind them that it is loaded for safety reasons.
I suggest a bit of rewording. I think rather than calling it a "confrontation" I would refer to it as a "contact". I may be splitting hairs there, but it is only a confrontation when/if there is strong disagreement.
Second part: I suggest rather than making a blanket statement of what to do if the officer asks to see the gun, I suggest you ask the officer how he/she wants to handle the situation.
- - Something like "Officer, would you like me to take the gun from my holster, or would you like to do that?" - - this establishes in the officer's mind that YOU are fully cooperative and acknowledge the officer is "in charge" (something they really like). Then just follow instructions.
I agree completely when you say be polite, cooperative and calm. That will do more to produce a "less stressful" contact, than anything else you can do.
P.S. While on the subject of being cooperative, NEVER start a contact with "I'VE GOT MY RIGHTS!" Starting with that statement virtually guaranties a confrontation.