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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by bkt_tater, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. bkt_tater

    bkt_tater New Member

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    Ok so I have noticed there are several LEOs on here and a lot of people that carry pistols. I am not claiming to know all the state laws or anything, but I would like everyones personal opinion.

    As I was getting home from work at 9pm, there was a state trooper in my front yard at the scene of an accident. He told me that the driver was probably drunk and fled the scene. He told me to check around my property. So I went up got my 9mm from the house ( I usually conceal my .380 but didn't want to go around the house with a compact pistol). As I went around my house and my in-laws house I saw the trooper shine his light up at me so I decided to walk down and tell him that I hadn't seen anything (again I have a 9mm on my side). So I shined my flashlight down on my pistol as I announced who I was and that I was armed.

    This is where my question come from.... The trooper said that I didn't have to announce that I was armed since I was on my private property.

    IMO I would rather announce that I am armed than him see it and get suspicious or worse draw his weapon.

    What is your opinion on this?
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think you did the right thing. He said you didn't HAVE to announce you were armed, but I think it was a courtesy to the officer.
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If I am carrying, I'm going to announce to any LEO in the least threatening manner possible whether required to or not.
     
  4. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would've thought he'd appreciate the courtesy, but I probably would've announced it as well, just to be safe.
     
  5. 32tudor

    32tudor New Member

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    You did the right thing In My Opinion .
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    That saying about "better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it" applies here too. Maybe you didn't HAVE to announce it, but if it makes you feel better, go ahead. If something had happened and you ended up in court, something like that could help you too, a good lawyer would probably try to prove it showed you had no hostile intent.
     
  7. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

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    I think it was not only courteous, but wise. That way, if the trooper wasn't able to recognize you, but saw you were armed, there would be no misunderstanding or misinterpretation.
     
  8. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

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    Please correct me if I misunderstood something here?

    The trooper asked you, the home owner, to check your property out? Since you grabbed your weapon I assume he was refering to a possible intruder.

    Were you doing his job for him?
     
  9. jackandcoke

    jackandcoke New Member

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    Isn't that his responsibility? What if the drunk had a weapon and attacked you to prevent capture?
     
  10. jackandcoke

    jackandcoke New Member

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    Also, you did the right thing letting the officer know you were armed.
     
  11. bkt_tater

    bkt_tater New Member

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    The trooper had already searched the yards and didn't see anybody. He told me to look around and see if averything was ok. I grabbed my weapon because I don't ever put myself in a situation without some sort of protection. If the guy had come back to see if he could get the truck and I stummbled upon him things could have gotten dangerous. (I guess you can say I'm a bit paranoid)
     
  12. bkt_tater

    bkt_tater New Member

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    The trooper told me to check my property.... to see if everything was ok. He had already looked around the houses and didn't see the guy.

    And that is why I carried my pistol.
     
  13. bkt_tater

    bkt_tater New Member

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    The main reason I put this on here was to see how you guys felt about a State Trooper telling me that I didn't have to announce that I was carrying a gun. It stunned me when he said that and I just wanted some opinions from others.
     
  14. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    sounds like a very reasonable thing to do, just incase something happenend the tropper would know that you were not the threat
     
  15. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    A homeowner will notice something not being "slightly" off, where a stranger will not. Broken window, noticeable, slightly askew, not necessarily an issue.
     
  16. USEBOTHHANDS

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    HMMMMMMMM, kinda odd.........................take one step off the curb and onto the roadway, what then?

    you definitely did the right thing.
     
  17. bkt_tater

    bkt_tater New Member

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    I live in the country so we don't have curbs, but yeah. That was my thoughts. The thing is I did walk in the road with him as we both looked at the truck.
     
  18. Papa_Woody

    Papa_Woody New Member

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    While there is no LAW stating the exact procedure, what you did was courteous and most LEOs appreciate it. I always did and I never felt threatened. I have heard people say that LEOs take it as a threat, but any good LEO can tell the difference between a courteous " I am armed" and a " I have a gun, Copper!"

    I'd stick with what you did, and by him telling you that you did not need to, I'd take that as him letting you know everything was cool, and he probably appreciated it to some degree. Better than having it go down the other way though