Do You Have To Tell An Officer?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by DodgeThis, Apr 4, 2014.

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  1. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    So I know when carrying and pulled over for a traffic violation you are required to inform the officer promptly that you in fact have a weapon. However I have often wondered. How does that work for a simple license check road block? More so. Are you required to inform them if you are in your own yard? Let's say the neighbor Called in a suspicious individual walking down the street. Upon knocking on my door the officer asks if I've seen or heard anything outta the norm. Should I inform him to do the right thing or should I just not mention it if it's not brought up? Would it only mean that now I've got to sit around and wait for him to run the numbers? Or if you are in your own home does he/she even have the right to do so? Also along the same line. Let's talk open carry. ( I only do so at my own home). But if the neighbor notices it while I'm out cutting grass or walking the dog etc. and it were to make them nervous and call. Does the officer have the right to run numbers or request any info at all? I would have plenty of reason to think the answers to these questions would simply be no on all of the above. However I've seen crazier things happen.

    Any advice or points to the right direction for legal standpoint would be greatly appreciated.

    Also I'm in Georgia.

    Thanks
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    It is whatever state law says.

    The few times i have been stopped driving i hand the ccw card over with the license as doing so shows ive got nothing to hide and avoids having a gun drawn if the officer sees mine printing or peeking out.

    Wisconsin has n duty to inform but i do so just so there is no monkey business
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Follow JonM's advice.
    Most LEO in Florida appreciate the gesture and normally will not pursue the matter of a firearm any further.
     
  4. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Ky has no duty to inform. I would hand my CCDW with my license anyhow. Dad was a cop he said he always appreciated it.
     
  5. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    Only ten states require you to inform.
     
  6. goldngun

    goldngun New Member

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    ALWAYS tell the officer up front and immediately. I do and it's always a friendly professional conversation. Most officers ask what I'm carrying & how I like it. I know how I'd feel if I were in his place, was not told, and then saw a pistol. First thought is CRIMINAL!!
     
  7. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    I am not familiar with GA gun laws but would be very surprised if you can't carry on your property. As long as you keep it holstered and don't draw unnecessarily, you should be alright. Beyond the question you ask, if I may. Weigh your real need to have a loaded firearm where people can see it vs drawing attention and possible scrutiny for nothing. Legal does not equal your best judgement.
     
  8. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Here in NC we do have a duty ro inform an officer at a traffic stop. It does not matter to me if it is just a drivers license check point. I hand the officer my permit and drivers license and keep my hands on the steering wheel until the officer gives me further instructions. All but once, the officer instructed me to have a nice day.
     
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  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    very simple. read and understand the laws in your state.

    simply put in most states, if required to inform, if the officer is doing so in the performance of his official duties, you are required to inform.

    check and read the laws in your state. none of us here are lawyers and cant give you legal advice. laws vary from state to state. what i can or can't do here in Texas, may be totally different in Georgia.
     
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    read and understand your state laws
     
  11. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    I don't say anything unless they ask.
     
  12. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    In Alaska the State police just assumes you are carrying.
     
  13. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    But remember, cops don't like surprises! :eek:
    Especially the the young inexperienced ones!;)
     
  14. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    For Ohio, I got a great answer from the State Attorney General's office - the people that publish the little CCW Booklets they pass out at class and control the state's laws.. We have a duty to inform immediately, but what an attorney in the office told me was that it was only required "when the officer was in the act of an enforcement action." Pulled over on highway? Notify. Say hello to cop in donut shop? Don't notify. Officer walks up to you in mall and asks if he can ask you a few questions? Notify. Ask officer for directions? Don't notify.

    That makes it really easy for us, and truthfully, everyone but State Troopers are very cool about it. You can also ask some of the cops on patrol what they feel and what the general consensus of the department is. Most cops are more than happy to tell you what the feelings are in their house. I asked about three officers in each branch to get a good feel and make things easy on me and them as well!
     
  15. WebleyFosbery38

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    Legal and smart are two diff subjects altogether. I dont carry but if I did, I would likely not ever want to surprise a LEO if I could help it. If your legally carrying or transporting, the weapon should not be a problem, the infraction you got pulled over should be. Its a courtesy if not required to let an officer know you are not a threat to them because your telling them ahead of time that you wont surprise them with anything but a silly answer as to why you were going 65 in a 40 zone!

    I think where you are matters also, some places LEO's dont agree that armed citizens are a healthy part of our civilization but Upstate NY is not one of those places. Our Officers understand that there are many reasons a citizen would legally carry in a very rural part of the nation and committing crimes isnt one that legal carry permit holders do often here. The vetting process is so intense, many states with ccws allow NYers to CCW in their states as well
     
  16. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Might consider watching the "do not talk to police" legal video again.

    "Am I being detained, or am I free to go?"
     
  17. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Well, in Ohio, the very first words would have to be, "I'm legally carrying a firearm" and then you could continue with whatever you wished. Officers in Ohio have absolutely no reaction when you notify - they act like, "Yeah, whatever."
     
  18. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    In florida you have no duty to disclose. And I don't unless asked ( which you are required to disclose if asked )

    Cops used to be good and there were always a bad apple but those bad apples were the exception rather than the rule. These days it seems the bad apples are the rule rather than the exception. Killing dogs , campers , the homeless , no knock raids on wrong houses
    And the " good ones " stand around while the bad ones conduct their criminal affairs . And then if caught more often than not the words " The officer acted within dept policy " by their superiors .


    These days I don't see them any different than your garden variety criminal .
     
  19. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I'm not familiar with OH law, nor am I an attorney...

    If a LEO walks up to you and says I have some questions... are you required to disclose, remember, you're not detained.

    If he walks up to you and says, boy, it's hot today, are you required to disclose.

    He's in line in front of you at the doughnut shop :) do you have to disclose?
     
  20. 25-5

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    Ohio requires duty to notify immediately on official contact. Texas & Oklahoma too!
    IL I don't know. Thirty-nine states require upon demand of LEO.
    It's up to you to check state laws where you travel. Oh! I am not an attorney either, but I have seen them on TV.
     
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