for CCW people
The following is a compilation of thoughts/ideas that can, and some
say WILL save the CCW holder a lot of grief with Law Enforcement. This
information is from several sources and any of these thoughts that are
the "property" of someone else, is purely accidental.
- Try being at home after 10 pm. Police tend to think of those that
are very active after that time to be "less respectable" and more prone
to unsafe practices. Out of all the unsafe things you have done, how
many of them have been late at night and with an alcohol content? Most
"normal" people sleep during the night and are active during day time
hours. A "nocturnal" life-style can easily end up spending unwanted time
in contact with Law Enforcement (LE).
- Try for a "normal" appearance. LE focuses on the "unusual" and they
pay special attention to those that are unusual, it's their job.
When you are successful in . not . being unusual, it tends to put LE at
ease, or at least have them less apprehensive. Those who insist on tattoos,
dyeing their hair blue, purple, or orange, or looking like you are
trying to single handedly support Ace Hardware with all the "iron" in/on
your face, will discover they have a great deal of unwanted attention
from Law Enforcement.
A concealed weapon needs to be CONCEALED. Wear/use the proper equipment
and clothing to help you accomplish that. Secondly, don't talk about
it! The LE officer is the only one that needs to know about it, and then
only when the law dictates. No one else needs know.
- Avoid places that may/do have emotionally charged individuals,
or those that have been consuming quantities of alcohol. A few examples
are: Sporting events, political gatherings, protests, etc.
If you come into contact with people that are emotionally charged, do
your best to politely withdraw.
- A "friend" that is loud, rowdy or drunk is no friend of an actively
carrying CCW person. Loud, rowdy or drunk, is a call for LE involvement.
Do YOU want to be involved with that?
- Do you best to be courteous, cautious, and conservative driver.
Speeding, cutting people off, or flashing the single-digit "salute" are
good ways to get to talk extensively with LE!
If you are pulled over for a traffic offense, don't volunteer any
information about your CCW status, unless the law in the state you are
in requires it! If the subject comes up, NEVER say "gun"! Say something
like "I have a concealed carry permit, shall I retrieve it for you to
Before the officer gets to your window, make sure you have:
~ Turned off your engine
~ Have your window open (if it's a marked car with uniformed officer)
~ Have your wallet IN YOUR HAND
~ Have your hands on the steering wheel
~ Remain calm!
~ BE POLITE!
~ Answer all questions asked but do not "volunteer" information
~ TELL THE TRUTH!
~ If you are asking more questions than the officer, SHUT UP!
- If you are berated/threatened by LE, do not reply in kind! Instead,
remain calm and polite. If you receive untrue accusations, tell the
officer you will be happy to answer all of his/her questions as soon as
your lawyer arrives. Repeat as necessary.
While there are obnoxious and overbearing officers, they are in a
decided minority. In fact, the average officer hates them as much as you
do, and the other officers are working to get rid of them. Above all,
REMAIN CALM and BE POLITE!