From: pjmedia.com, by Jeff Sanders, on Sep 28, 2016
The police are nervous when they pull you over. They don’t know you. They don’t know what you will do. They have to deal with some of the most evil, violent, and completely unpredictable people on earth. They don’t want to die. So if you are legally carrying a concealed firearm when you are stopped by the police and you make any sudden or threatening move, you just might get shot.
So what should you do, as a law-abiding citizen with a concealed-carry weapon, when you are stopped by the police? Here are the official guidelines, according to the laws of my state (Ohio). They are probably the same for other states as well. I have followed these rules after getting pulled over, and everything turned out just fine (thank God).
1. Inform the police.
If you are stopped by the police, whether you are in your car, or on a motorcycle, or just walking down the street, IMMEDIATELY inform the police that you have a concealed-carry license, tell them if you actually have the concealed firearm on you (they’ll probably ask you where on your body), and keep your hands up and in plain sight at all times.
Make NO sudden moves. If you are in your car, do NOT get out of the car unless the police tell you to. You are considered a huge threat to them if you get out of the car. Stay right where you are.
2. Have your license ready.
If you are driving, and all of a sudden you see the lights flashing in your rearview mirror, pull over as quickly and as safely as you can. You will have a minute or two to retrieve your proof of insurance and vehicle registration from the glove compartment, and time to get your driver’s license and concealed-carry license. I ALWAYS carry my CCW (concealed-carry weapon) license in my wallet near my driver’s license.
When you are pulled over, put your CCW license on top of the driver’s license, and the registration/proof of insurance under it all, so the officer sees the CCW first. Then, put your hands out the driver’s side window so he can clearly see them. Do NOT wait until the police officer is at your window to get your licenses from a wallet or glove compartment. He may interpret that as going for a gun, and he will shoot you.
I was stopped once while driving to Baton Rouge from Dallas. The Louisiana State Police pulled me over on a Louisiana highway. They were making random stops looking for some Mexican smugglers. The trooper was very polite and professional. I informed him that I was a CCW licensee and that I did have a Glock 9mm in my center console. He asked me to give it to him, using two fingers to transfer it. After he checked me out and found everything to be in order, he informed me that he was going to place the Glock on the floor behind the driver’s seat. I didn’t get a ticket for anything and nothing unpleasant resulted from the encounter. The trooper and I treated each other politely and with respect and when it was over, we each went our way without any problems.
We can expect the black agitators immediately claim that my experience was uneventful because I am white. A black man, they say, would not have been treated with respect – he would have been subjected to unnecessary discrimination, perhaps even taunted and called a racial slur.
I don’t buy it. While I’ll admit that there may be some jurisdictions that are more racist than others and with the sheer numbers of law enforcement officers, some will be racist. I just don’t believe that a black man or woman stopped by a State Trooper and who responds to the officer politely and with respect would suffer an outcome different than mine.
But consider the alternative. I believe that many (too many) blacks have been taught to believe that they should be argumentative with police, to challenge them, and display an “attitude.” That’s just asking for trouble and nothing will be gained by it – except more trouble. Act belligerent with a cop and you’re likely to get push-back. Go on the offensive and you’re likely to get arrested. Act like you’ve got a weapon and you’re likely to get shot.
Why is that so difficult to understand?