The glove box, trunk, or plain view thing only applies if you don't have a CCW. I finally got mine this week after I applied in July.Just had this convo with an older-lookin officer in GA. He said the state allowed you to keep the gun in the g-box, trunk or in plain-view on the seat.
He said he always leaves his on the seat, but then contradicted this recommendation, pointing out you'll be out of the car and on the ground just because...
He eventually decided he'd rather it be in the box/trunk where he doesn't know about it.
Also made a POINT of saying you have to tell the officer if he asks, but not to volunteer if he doesn't. I was a little confused by this, but whatever..
Gotta ask, why would you never say gun?In Michigan, we have to tell the officer at the earliest opportunity. Generally, if I get pulled over, I have my DL, CPL, registration(for the car) and proof of insurance handy. As I hand this over, I inform the officer that I have a permit, and that I have a pistol on me. (I NEVER say gun).
So far, this has resulted in my NEVER getting a ticket for whatever caused the officer to pull me over. So far. (Knock on wood)
I see."Gun" is like an alarm word. And it's especially important if you're dealing with a rookie. They tend to react to "gun" like a fireman reacts to a fire alarm.
And I got that advice from a working cop.
Tell you what, here in Arizona if you have a CCW or CHL, and you are pulled over, the officer often approaches you with his weapon Drawn! Not too cool!Do you think having a CHL makes you more likely to get pulled over in states (like Ohio) where your DMV record is flagged with it? I just completed my concealed carry class this week, but haven't applied for the license yet--it seems like there are a lot of restrictions/hassles, at least here in Ohio.
Start by keeping both hands on the steering wheel, in plain sight. Be polite, and inform the officer that you have a carry permit, and that you are armed. From that point, the officer will tell you what he wants you to do.
In most cases when I was in uniform ( last in uniform in 1994 ) the traffic stop would evolve into a discussion about guns, ammo, etc. The only exception I can think of right off hand, was a guy who was carrying while DWI. Since he was going to jail, his pistol was booked as "prisoner's property," which he got back a day or so later.
You are not required (Oregon) to inform the officer.I've had my CC license since August and haven't carried once yet. Guess I should remedy that.
Question: If I have my pistol in my range bag on the passenger side floor in my truck and I am pulled over do I volunteer that there is a gun in there and hand my CC license along with DL to the officer or do I wait and see if he/she even cares that I might have a bag down on the floor?
ETA: I live in Oregon if that makes a difference to anyone.