posted on Jan, 4 2011 @ 09:43 PM
reply to post by saltheart foamfollower
LOL. I have had LEOs take my concealed permit and say, "why are you giving me this?" One even said, "is this a threat?" I always just calmly
tell them that it is to avoid any misunderstandings, and I do it at the advice of my Police Chief and FBI friends. Usually handing them my concealed
permit with my driver's license makes the whole encounter go rather quickly. The normal patrol cops don't want to prolong an encounter with an
armed person. I think it actually gets me out of tickets sometimes. I have also had a few curious soles that want to talk about guns. I had one guy
ask me where the gun was, and then asked if I would please not put my hands in that area. I told him that was a fair request as long as he kept his
snapped into the holster as well, LOL! He thought that answer was funny, so and I was soon back on my way.
A couple of quick stories, but with a point:
We have to remember that most cops have very, very basic training. I have been in and out of cop cars way too many times. I once took a 15 mile ride
and I was uncomfortable with my hands cuffed in the back, so I quietly pulled through and put them in the front. When they got me out of the car,
they were not happy! I once had a cop place his weapon in a lock box and didn't close the door, then he turned his back to me and the gun and
proceeded to do something else. I nudged him with my hip (didn't want to raise my hands) and said, "you must really trust me." He was not amused
at all, locked it up, and didn't speak to me again! I thought it was pretty sweet of me to not keep it as a souvenir!
Most cops are just high school graduates with a few months of basic weapons training, and they almost never encounter a real predator or felon. They
get through entire careers with only a couple of memorable encounters. If we intend to exercise our rights, we need to keep in mind that for most
LEOs it is just a job, and they want to go home to their family just like we do. We have to be honest, calm, firm, but not assertive, and we have to
give them options to save face and walk away. We can't be a know-it-all, and we have to extend mutual respect.
Two armed people meeting in a confrontational setting like a traffic stop or a suspected crime scene is a delicate and volatile situation even if
everyone has the best intentions. In most cases, people like the ones on this forum are going to have more training and understanding of the law than
the LEO does. Walk softly.