Texas Trooper

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by elmerfudge, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. elmerfudge

    elmerfudge New Member

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    So, the bride and I were driving from Fortress Joshua to Colorado Springs the other day. Up in the panhandle, came upon 4 Troopers and Sheriff doing tag team on speeders. I'd been running about 77 (70 zone) and dialed back the cruise control to 72. A couple mile up the road another Trooper going the other direction flipped and turned on his lights. Huh?

    Got out the insurance papers, my license and my CCL. He introduced himself and said that he had me doing 72 in a 70 zone and I said yep, that what my speedometer and GPS both said.

    I handed him my stuff and told him as a courtesy (not required in Texas) that I was carry a concelled weapon. He said OK and handed back my CCL and insurance papers and went back to his car. He came back and gave me my license and a warning ticket. Then he asked me what I was carrying (Glock 26). He just smiled.

    Not the first time that I've been stopped. Last time was in early 80's. But it was the first time for going 2 mph over the limit. Probably first time I ever had a warning ticket.
     
  2. smoooth308

    smoooth308 New Member

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    Interesting story. I think cops like people with CCL's. buddy of mine up in el dorado hills in nor cal had his CCL and was cruising down the freeway and got pulled over for speeding. Handed the officer his license and CCL, cop took one look at it, handed it back to him, and said "Have a nice day!"
     

  3. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I got pulled over one time because my dakota looked like one they were looking for. After the officer and his partner approached either side of my truck i told them i had a handgun permit and currently had two handguns in the truck. My bersa was in the door since i had carried it last and my 1911 was behind the seat against the wall (reg cab truck).

    I leaned up against the wheel and allowed them to retrieve my pistols and got my papers and cdl.

    After seating there for like 20 minutes they returned to my truck, the lead officer gave me my now unloaded bersa back along with the 8 round mag and the loose round that was chambered. Then he said in a stern serious voice, "I should keep this .45!" Ill admit for a second my blood began to boil because i know its completely 100% legal to own here in Indiana and know it wasnt stolen as i bought 3 years earlier at a local reputable dealer. So I asked, "And why would you do that?"

    The officer said, "Because I like it!" While smiling. He then offered to buy it on the spot for 350 bucks, wow i only paid 300 for it and it showing a little holster wear. I turned him down saying i really like my .45 and i appreciated his offer. He said if you follow me to my bank 4 miles up the road i can get the from the atm.

    Thats the first time thats ever happened to me.

    I know alot of people who say its not required to inform leos that your packing but in my opinion if you show them that you are a down to earth person who cares about thier safety it helps out. Ive drove off with warnings (written or verbal) when i probably shouldve gotten tickets because of this policy. I tend to speed a little, well in my personal vehicles a least.
     
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  4. Polygon

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    QUOTE=dragunovsks;786352]I know alot of people who say its not required to inform leos that your packing but in my opinion if you show them that you are a down to earth person who cares about thier safety it helps out. Ive drove off with warnings (written or verbal) when i probably shouldve gotten tickets because of this policy. I tend to speed a little, well in my personal vehicles a least.[/QUOTE]

    I've been pulled over twice since I got my permit. I have my licence and my permit in my left hand when they walk up and my right hand on the wheel. I polity inform them that I have a permit and that gun is in/not in the car. I know you're not required to here, but I can imagine I would be a little upset if I had to find out from the computer if I were an officer.

    Both times I was let off with a warning. Before I got my permit I've only even gotten a warning once.
     
  5. rebelcowboy

    rebelcowboy New Member

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    It makes things go faster when they r told u have a ccw and inform them u r packing cause when they r informed they usually don't worry about u as much
     
  6. Overkill0084

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    72 in a 70 seems a bit petty, at least by itself. I can only assume that something about you or your vehicle piqued his curiosity for some reason.
     
  7. bcarroll

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    I dont think it is the ccw they like. Athough after seeing the permit they know you are not a felon. I think after hearing every excuse you can imagine. And dealing with every bad person you can think of. Day in and day out. A honest man is a breath of fresh air. And most likely deserve's a break. Only my opinion
     
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  8. boomenshutzen

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    Um, not to be a dick, but you should take another look at the CHL handbook. In Texas there *is* a duty to inform an officer if you are carrying.

    GC §411.205. REQUIREMENT TO DISPLAY LICENSE. (a) If a license holder is carrying a handgun on or about the license holder's person when a magistrate or a peace officer demands that the license holder display identification, the license holder shall display both the license holder's driver's license or identification certificate issued by the department and the license holder's handgun license.​

    That sucks you were pulled over for going 2 over, though. Always thought there was a bit of a buffer. I passed a trooper on I-35 this morning like he was standing still and did the "pucker" when I saw him in my mirror. Luckily it was going 2 under the speed limit. It was Austin and everyone else was creeping along so it felt like I was speeding. Ha!
     
  9. elmerfudge

    elmerfudge New Member

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    2011 Silver Nissan Versa. I doubt it.
     
  10. elmerfudge

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    Strange - there was a discussion in CCL class about that and we were told it was not a requirement. That was a couple years ago. Oh well. Good to know...
     
  11. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    2 miles over the speed limit? WTF!? This sure ain't the land of Ozzie & Harriet anymore. :eek:
     
  12. NotMormon

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    You can get pulled over for going .01 mph over the posted speed limit.....that's just to say they "legally" can pull you over and 99.9% of the time it's just to run your info and get ya for other naughty stuff that you have done or have not taken care of. And sometimes the PD's and HP's need a little extra revenue.

    With the shenanigans happening with DUI checkpoints being declared "unconstitutional" or a form of "entrapment" in some areas, I would suspect that LE tactics will morph into this more and more. This is all speculation on my part of course.
     
  13. therewolf

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    We call it a LEO "fishing expedition". If these guys bother you,

    I would heartily advise you to stay out of Georgia, because they have

    perfected some scams which will pick your pocket, and leave you about

    as aggravated as you can be, and still drive. I imagine their tourism

    volume is about zero, because I couldn't afford to drive two for hours

    in that state.

    In Florida, you are not required to tell a LEO you have CCW permit

    or gun in the car, unless they ask you.
     
  14. rebelcowboy

    rebelcowboy New Member

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    I would still inform them but always know the law as well as or better than the Leo it makes it interesting
     
  15. Viking

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    My wife and I ran a Conoco station in Pampa, Texas around about 1980 and I learned quickly that driving the speed limit was a good idea. Thing is that every little town has a Justice of the Peace and the state police like to keep them busy. I got a ticket one time and the LEO told me to drive to the next town to pay it off ASAP.
     
  16. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Really odd that you were pulled over for 2 miles over the limit! Consensus of opinion here is that they will give you a little leeway, generally 5 to 9 MPH.

    Of course, Texas has it's share of those that'll harass you, but they will normally also be unethical enough to lie about your speed. :)
     
  17. mountainman13

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    Yeah I probably would have asked for a calibration receipt and fought the ticket.
    Although you double verified the speed and only got a warning so...why bother.
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The requirement to inform of CHL status does still exist, they just removed the penalty for failure to do so. The Troopers were probably on a special assignment to generate numbers. Warnings count the same as "keepers". Kind of a fishing expedition, yes. Legit stop, fully expecting 95% to get warnings. 5% are drunk or have the smell of burnt marihuana developing PC for more. CHL helps. I know that you have gone through pretty extensinve background checks and are generally one of the "good guys".
     
  19. mountainman13

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    That's one hell of a point. It's almost firearm owner registration if you look at it that way.
     
  20. boomenshutzen

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    It's not a requirement if you aren't carrying "on or about your person". So if your sidearm is in your trunk or at home you don't have to produce your CHL. Nor do your passengers unless the LEO asks for ID and they're packing.