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  1. Do you tell the CT State Trooper you have a CCW?

    This is a duplicate of another post in the general forum. I wondered, Connecticut specific, if anyone has been red-lighted for a traffic stop while carrying, whether the officer asked, whether you offered the info, and how it proceeded.

    It seems like a good rule of thumb to hand your CCW over with your CDL, once the officer comes to your window. Maybe try "Hi Officer, there with my drivers license is my carry permit. It is on my (left, right) hip, inside the waistband. I didn't want you to be alarmed if you happen to see it when i reach for the registration in the glove box."

    You run the risk of a rookie wanting to disarm you, escalating a routine traffic stop into something potentially dangerous and definitely uncomfortable. Other than that, i don't see the downside. It is easy to imagine the downside if you don't tell and the trooper gets a glimpse of the gun and freaks out.

    Any Staties out there? What is your opinion of armed, law-abiding citizens? How would you prefer the traffic stop proceed? How would you respond to a CCW holder notifiying you up front?
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    "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants ... for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson

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    When the officer asks for your credentials:

    Keep both hands on the wheel,

    Look straight ahead,

    Respond with "I have a pistol permit and my weapon is (location)",

    Thay will tell you how they want you to move/act.

    Some take it from you. A few haven't. I've never gotten a ticket
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    Thumbs down Gotta disagree, guys.

    Connecticut is not a "must inform" state. I personally believe that the second amendment should be our carry permit, and states that require notification are making unreasonable demands on our liberty. Why should we notify an LEO that we are not breaking the law?

    Instead, it should be a law that every person carrying a weapon illegally should be required to notify, not the other way around. With as many liberties as are being taken away, don't give away even more!
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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    The most common encounter between police and civilians is a traffic stop. They never know who they're "lighting up". More than a few criminals/suspects have been collared in a "routine" stop.

    They don't know who you are. If they see it, you might get dragged out of your vehicle by a nervous cop if you start spouting off some right-wing, pro-2A, "I know my rights!" type talk.

    All that are legally armed are on the same team.
    Be cool and they will usually reciprocate.
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    I was told by an attorney years ago that if there is any question about it to inform the officer.

    "Officer, I just want you to know that there is a gun at so-and-so and I have no intention on using it or anything else. Now how do you want me to handle it?"

    I know this will irk the stuffings out of some people but the comments about having to notify someone that we are not breaking the law is BS. We are notifying them so we won't get shot due to a misunderstanding. Sometimes I feel like there is something wrong with me as I have never been stopped just so unlike it seems most people are everyday from the posts on the Internet.

    If a LEO stops you he already considers you to be a lawbreaker/criminal so this stuff about an innocent party is already out the door. It can either go downhill quickly from ther by acting like a criminal or better by cooperating and acting like the law abiding citizen that you claim you are. The time to argue your 2A rights is not beside the road during a traffic stop but later in court.

  7. Here's what i posted on a similar blog. I stand behind it. There will always be dissent on this topic, and your comments are appreciated. But what i wondered, and hoped to get from this post, was input from actual traffic stops that went either way, and especially from a LEO perspective in my state. Anyway, here is it.

    What is in your best interest in a traffic stop? In order - not get shot, not get arrested, not get hassled, not get a ticket. How? It isn't rocket science. Hard to believe so many of you would deliberately set the stage for a potential nasty encounter by insisting on secrecy. You keep your gun secret from the public and the BGs, but not from a LEO in a personal encounter. Period. If you are a legal CCW, your rights are secure. What to do?

    #1 - Obey the law. If you must inform, do so.
    # 2 Even if you don't legally have to, do it anyway. It is axiomatic if you follow # 3.
    #3 Be respectful. LEOs have very tough jobs, but i'm glad they are there doing them. They deal with too many jerkoffs (not to mention criminals) so make the exchange easier for both of you by being pleasant.In other words, let them know you're one of the good guys by telling them up front what they wonder EVERY TIME they approach a car.
    #4 Keep your hands on top of the steering wheel until they are at your window. They WILL appreciate it. Move slowly when you do move. Have your wallet in hand if you can without fumbling around in the car while they are approaching - it might look like you're hiding stuff (or grabbing a weapon? )even if you're just going for your registration and proof of insurance. Otherwise leave it in your pocket for now.
    # 5 Greet them. Hello officer. What seems to be the trouble?
    #6 Hand them your DL and CCW together. Tell him that 2nd one is my carry permit, i am carrying, (where it is - right hip, small of back, etc). If doing so might expose your weapon before you can hand them your CCW, tell them before you reach for your wallet. Go slow. Not using the word GUN is really a simple, but excellent, idea.
    #7. If they insist on taking possession of your gun, agree pleasantly(even though this will be the hardest thing you ever let someone do), ask what they want you to do, and offer to help safe it if they are not familiar with the weapon. Especially if you carry with one in the chamber, tell them.
    #8. If things get worse from that point, it's on the LEO. Get the badge #, ask for a supervisor to come to the stop.
    # 9 otherwise, take your warning or your ticket, take your weapon back as applicable, and get going.

    Remember that every single time an officer makes a traffic stop, he is at full alert watching you and assessing whether you are a threat. Every single time. Too darn many get gunned down making a simple traffic stop. So be an un-threat.
    "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants ... for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson

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    Arrow Just to be clear, I do know of what I speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by whiskey View Post
    The most common encounter between police and civilians is a traffic stop. They never know who they're "lighting up". More than a few criminals/suspects have been collared in a "routine" stop.

    They don't know who you are. If they see it, you might get dragged out of your vehicle by a nervous cop if you start spouting off some right-wing, pro-2A, "I know my rights!" type talk.

    All that are legally armed are on the same team.
    Be cool and they will usually reciprocate.
    Please allow me to dispel your cheery viewpoint, though it does pain me to do so. I was a police officer for three years in a decent sized metro department. I also did some undercover work for a few other departments, both large and small. The reason that I am no longer a police officer is because I really could not stand seeing the daily trampling of the Bill of Rights that I hold so dear.

    If you really believe that police officers believe that they are "on the same team" as those of us who legally carry, you are grossly mistaken. While there are undoubtedly officers who know and believe in Bill of Rights (I was one of them), the overwhelming majority believe that "civilians" (they mistakenly believe themselves otherwise) should not be running around with firearms. For most police officers, the gun is not a tool to be used for defense, but a symbol of power. Make no mistake: They do not like citizens legally carrying their greatest symbol of power.

    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    I was told by an attorney years ago that if there is any question about it to inform the officer.

    "Officer, I just want you to know that there is a gun at so-and-so and I have no intention on using it or anything else. Now how do you want me to handle it?"

    I know this will irk the stuffings out of some people but the comments about having to notify someone that we are not breaking the law is BS. We are notifying them so we won't get shot due to a misunderstanding. Sometimes I feel like there is something wrong with me as I have never been stopped just so unlike it seems most people are everyday from the posts on the Internet.

    If a LEO stops you he already considers you to be a lawbreaker/criminal so this stuff about an innocent party is already out the door. It can either go downhill quickly from ther by acting like a criminal or better by cooperating and acting like the law abiding citizen that you claim you are. The time to argue your 2A rights is not beside the road during a traffic stop but later in court.
    If you are pulled over for a traffic citation, then bringing firearms into the conversation is NOT a good idea. That said, being polite, even when asserting your rights, is definitely the right strategy. For me, I turn on the interior light if it is dark, place both hands on the wheel, and I keep my registration and insurance on the visor so that I do not have to root around in the glove compartment. I never answer questions that might incriminate me in any way (Do you know why I am pulling you over?). I never make exculpatory statements. I never, never lie to an officer, but I also know what information I am required to give (license, registration, and proof of insurance). I deny consent for any search of my person or my property (i.e. car). Granted, I will probably receive a citation if I was speeding or committing some other infraction, but I will have retained my rights.

    The only time that I would volunteer that I had a firearm is if I was told to exit the vehicle, and they had better have a damned good reason for the request. Just to make it crystal clear: Police officers are not, and have no wish to be, your "buddy". Police have little interest in being "cool" with you. Unless you are someone that they find especially attractive for some reason, you are probably going to receive a ticket.

    I find myself posting this same video every few months. Please watch it. It is amusing, incredibly informative, and especially cogent to this discussion. If you carry a firearm, this should be at the top of your "must see" list.

    YouTube - Dont Talk to Police
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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    Thank you for your perspective, Boomboy. I enjoy and always welcome INTELLIGENT debates/disagreements.

    I guess I have had the good fortune of contact with only "cool" LEOs. I've only not informed once. The cop was a total prick and I didn't want the hassle.

    I guess it's in how you carry yoursself, also. Anyone will benefit from a mature and collected attitude

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    Talking Back atcha, Whiskey.

    Quote Originally Posted by whiskey View Post
    Thank you for your perspective, Boomboy. I enjoy and always welcome INTELLIGENT debates/disagreements.

    I guess I have had the good fortune of contact with only "cool" LEOs. I've only not informed once. The cop was a total prick and I didn't want the hassle.

    I guess it's in how you carry yoursself, also. Anyone will benefit from a mature and collected attitude

    - my $.02
    Did you get a chance to watch the video?
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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    To follow up on my post and agree with boomboy to a point it depends on if there is a a chance that the gun will come into play. I went through a roadsid checkpoin where they were searching for a robber n the are. I had my gun in hte console but my registation was in the clove box. I was able to get everything ready before even getting to the LEO. There was no point in this case for informing him as my gun would not have involved unless something unusual happened.

    If I had been carrying it on my side where it could have been seen I would have informed the officer no metter if I was required to or not. If your gun is locked in your trunk there is no need to inform even in states where you have a duty to inform while carrying. The point is how likely is the officer to find out that you have a gun. No surprises is the key.

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