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    Here's a question for you all...

    Please forgive the rambling start to my story before I get to my question.

    Yesterday I went down to visit my mother. When I was leaving to head back home (about an hour drive), I started to have chest pains. I pulled into the parking lot at McDonalds. I had a vial on nitroglycerine pills in my glove box and I managed to get one out and put it under my tongue. I then called 911 on my cell phone. By this time, my left arm was hurting, the fingers on my left hand were numb, I was having trouble breathing and sweating like a pig. Yeah, I know, classic symptoms of childbirth. Anyway, by the time the ambulance arrived, the pain had eased somewhat, but I couldn't even open the car door and had to be pulled out and placed on a gurney and loaded into the ambulance. They started doing their stuff, hooking up an EKG, taking my blood pressure, etc. At this point, they were unbuttoning my shirt.

    Now, of course, I was carrying my .45 on my hip.

    So, here's my question. If placed in a position where you might have to be treated or transported by an ambulance, at what point do you let the paramedics know that you're armed? I didn't say anything to them until they started unbuttoning my shirt. When I told them, the response was "ok. good to know." What do you do with your weapon at that point?

    Just curious.

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    Howdy Lakeland Man,

    First off, I hope you are alright. As you carry nitroglycerin, I assume you've had some heart trouble in the past. I'm glad you recognized the symptoms and acted quickly. As for your scenario, maybe you could have asked one of the paramedics to lock the weapon in your trunk. Otherwise, I'm curious, what happened?
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    Let them know up front...and ask them to secure it for you...

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    I think you did just fine. I would probably tell them at the first opportunity not to interfere with treatment. Let them do whatever they want to with the gun.

    I hope you are OK, stay in good health.
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    Having spent 25 plus years as a paramedic, tell them up front and let them or the police secure the weapon, you will get it back, take care of yourself first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare45 View Post
    Having spent 25 plus years as a paramedic, tell them up front and let them or the police secure the weapon, you will get it back, take care of yourself first.
    Um no. Maybe it doesn't always go this way in TX but every case I've heard of where a firearm was turned over to police the person didn't get it back for close to a year.

    If you are able let the paras know who you would like them to turn it over to.
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    I think you did fine; based on their response I would say it sounds like "no harm, no foul." I'm glad you're OK, take care...

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    Here in Nebraska, the CCW law takes care of this issue. You must inform the Paramedics up front and they will temporarily secure your weapon. They will turn it over to the police when they get there. The law specifies what kind of reciept that you get, what is on the reciept, and that the weapon be returned to you immediately upon you being able to recieve it. Failure to follow this law by either party has some pretty stiff penalties.

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    A relative had a problem like that once. He wouldn't turn it over to Paramedics so he requested that a state troop on the scene
    take posession so that every one else was comfortable. It worked out OK. I think the trooper then took it to the hospital Adminstration so that they could put it with other property. It could then be picked up when patient is released.

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    Most EMS division have dealt w/ this before and have a protocol in place already.
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