What To Do When Pulled Over While Armed
Just when you thought you knew it all, something or someone comes along and lets you know there’s always room to learn. Coming from a law enforcement based family, I’ve always had my “what to do if
pulled over by the police act ready to go.”
- Pull over as soon and safely as possible
- Turn off the motor and take off my seat belt
- If at night, turn on the dome light
- Hands on the steering wheel
- Announce I’m armed with a handgun
After watching the video, I did pick up some great tips and have changed the way I will react if pulled over just as I’ve changed my plan of attack in the event of a home invasion. Personally, I don’t want to be shot by the police or anyone else for that matter.
You have to understand that when a police officer approaches a vehicle, they have no idea what they are going to encounter. It may be a 16 year old girl crying because it is the first time she has been stopped, or it may be someone who just robbed a bank who has made up his mind that he is not going to jail. Every traffic stop has the potential to be deadly, and every officer has been through hours of training reminding them of just how serious of a situation it can be. Read More…
I’ve been “not a cop” a lot longer than I was a cop, and have had a lot of experiences interacting with officers while armed and in street clothes, usually while working as a private investigator. I’ve had both great and horrible experiences, but have learned from all of them. Here’s some helpful advice for interacting with the police as an armed citizen. First, second, third and most importantly, know the law in your state and any state that you’re traveling through while armed. Read The Entire Post…
Face it; you aren’t a perfect driver and you have probably been pulled over at least once in your lifetime. That is sure to happen again, but what happens if you add a legally concealed firearm into the mix? Here are a few tips on what to do – and what not to do – during a traffic stop while you are carrying concealed.Read More….
Watching this video brings back memories from back in the day when I earned my private pilot’s license. A seasoned aviator congratulated me and said “remember this is a license to learn.” The same holds true with a fire arms license or permit.
That said, I’ve modified my get pulled over kata in the following ways:
- I will not take off my seat belt. The cop may not have seen me take it off or may be in a mood and write me a ticket for not wearing my seat belt. I don’t need my insurance going up over something as simple as this.
- My initial greeting will be modified from announcing I have a hand gun on me to advising the officer I’m licensed by the state to carry and I have it on me. I will tell him/her where it is and await instructions.
These are dangerous times for the police, these are dangerous times for motorists, by following these tips, I feel I prevent what should only take a few minutes of my time into a possibly life altering event.