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Originally posted by Bedlam
You know, the times I've been stopped, the cops know I carry, they tell me it shows up when they pull your plate info.
And they're always a bit on edge, or seem to be, to the point they occasionally do that double creep up the side of the truck with their hands on their sidearms.
Heck, most of them didn't know me at first, although I'm familiar with the ones that normally work my area of Pensacola these days.
You know, they DON'T know you. They don't know if I'm a whackjob or what. They are suspicious that I'm armed, and likely the back of my truck doesn't fill some of them with happy, although others are instantly cool with it. I guess it depends on if you're former service.
Anyway, my way of dealing with cops that look all stiff and worried is to stick my head out the window, give them a big grin, and say "I have a permit, I'm armed, would you feel more comfortable if I stuck my hands out the window, on the wheel, or out the sunroof? Or if you're real worried, hand me your cuffs and I'll cuff myself to the wheel"
And those magic words generally end it right there, no further questions.
Oh, and if they say "open the door and step out of the vehicle", I generally reply "I've got a sidearm in the door pocket, so are you ok with me reaching down for the handle"
Why try to cause trouble? It's easier to just be reasonable, especially if they're all wired up about me shooting them.