Notifying law enforcement of concealed weapon

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by matt g, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. matt g

    matt g Guest

    How do you notify a peace officer that you're carrying? I've read several articles on this and had many discussions with people on both sides of the badge. I'd be interested to hear your take on it.
  2. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

    Well Matt, some states require it, and some states tie it to your drivers license. A lot of states do not. I do not know if it has changed, but when we lived in CT, you were NOT to notify them that you were carrying. All the ones that I talked to agreed with this. If you were on the up and up, they did not care. For them to know meant more paperwork and more time. I suppose, from what I have seen posted elsewhere, that also depended on where you lived in the state.

    Here in MT, we don't. A lot of them assume you are when you are not in town, as a lot of us really are. :) On the occasions when my wife has been pulled over, no problem, although one wigged out a little bit. I am the driver that my wife hates. I drive below the speed limit, stop at signs, etc... Hence her experience and not mine.. :)


  3. ScottG

    ScottG Active Member

    In Nevada you'd better, because they run you first before they approach and they already know if you have a concealed carry license. If you don't show your card and indicate you have one they don't seem to like it. I believe you're required by law to indicate it anyway. No personal experience though....
  4. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

    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.


    Notifying Local law Enforcement of CCW?

    Hello all


    YUP, been there, done that and I've always caried a CCW with a Copy of that permit in my wallet, as well as in my Glove box! If stopped, I do as the last fellow said in the thread, If they don't seem to know, I keep Calm, hand in plain site and tell them! Only if they ask to see the CCW do I move or reach for anything! And even then, VERY SLOWLY! I had one officer ask to see it, I lifted my Jacket, He said, NO, I want to see the GUN! I asked why, I slowly removed it from the Holster and handed it to him! He checked my Licence, gave me a small ticket and my weapon back and told me to drive safely! It really depends on how and where you run into this!
  6. ravenslay3r

    ravenslay3r New Member

    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..
  7. cnorman18

    cnorman18 New Member


    In Texas, you are required by law to present your CHL along with your DL whenever you are asked for ID by a peace officer. Failing to do so will get your CHL suspended or revoked.
  8. Quasi

    Quasi New Member

    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.
  9. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al New Member

    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)
  10. Tex in Maine

    Tex in Maine New Member

    if I happened to get pulled over while carrying i would had over my DL with my CCW permit on top. If I'm not carrying I dont even mention it, no need cause anxiety if it is not neccissary.
  11. Duck

    Duck Guest

    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.
  12. Varro

    Varro Guest

    I believe in NM, both the DL & CHP are tied by their computers..If I'm stopped, whether I have a pistol with me or not; I'll hand over both permits to relieve any anxiety on his or my part...
  13. apk nole

    apk nole Guest

    Gotta ask, why would you never say gun?
  14. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al New Member

    "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.
  15. henryk

    henryk Guest

    This is indeed the case! :cool:
  16. apk nole

    apk nole Guest

    I see.

    I guess the curiosity arose because in my town, saying 'gun' would make no difference. I guess it would also depend on the situation also, in a routine traffic stop if I handed my CCW over and told him that my gun was strapped to my leg, he would probably tell me no problem.

    Then again, I don't know if I would even volunteer any info, most of the time they want to right the ticket and move on to the next speeder!!

    Does anyone know the requirments for FL?
  17. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

    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!
    I like to pull my concealed weapon out of my hiding place before I pull over, I leave it in the holster and toss it on the dash, my regular carry piece stays in the holster on my side, hands on the wheel. I don't have a CHL/CCW!
    When the Cop walks up to me I don't say a word- sometimes they notice the gun on the dash& if so I explain I have one more in a holster on my side. If the guy doesn't notice, then I no longer volunteer the info. I have been pulled over many, many times& I'm tired of the drama,not to mention getting my gun back dissasembled, or my magazines emptied.
  18. Dibby

    Dibby New Member

    Call your state police

    There's at least one website that defines the laws for each state. Try You would probably be best served by contacting your state police and speaking with a trooper about the laws and what officers expect. Sometimes training doesn't always keep up with the laws, and speaking with an officer can clear up the little things that can help you out in a CC situation where you are dealing an officer.

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2008
  19. james_black

    james_black New Member


    That is exactly what I have done in the past. I usually say "Hello officer, before we continue I will like to inform you that I have a concealed pistol on my person but I have a permit to do so. Tell me how we can proceed."

    Both of my hands in the stering wheel, I even place my car keys on the dash. 99% they are cool about it and actually grateful that u inform them before hand. I am a lawbiding citizen and I have nothing to hide. I respect the work of law enforcement. I only had one incident when a undersheriff pulled me over and I informed him about me carrying and he response was "don't worry I draw faster than you". I was perplex to hear that.
  20. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    You are not required (Oregon) to inform the officer.

    You are a CCW licensee and you don't know that?? Well I guess it has been 6 months????

    Just curious, why did you go through the trouble? With the exception of my four year contract with the US Navy (and I had weapons even then but it was OC!) I can't ever remember going six months without carrying!

    You should brush up on your carry laws before rushing into concealed carry! [​IMG]