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  1. Positive LEO encounter in CA

    As I am driving home last week I pass a CHP officer sitting on the side of the road who immediately pulls in behind me with red lights on. I sigh to myself knowing exactly what this is for. As I knew I wasn't speeding, it could only be because I didn't have a front license plate on the car (sports cars look much better without them). The lady officer walks up to my car confirming exactly what I suspected. She asks for my license, registration and insurance. In California you only have to tell them you are carrying if asked. I inquire if it is ok to step out of my car as I had all of my papers in a pocket behind the front seat. She nods and as I'm getting out of the car asks, "You don't have any weapons in the car, do you?" I look at her as calmly as I can and say, "Not in the car, but I do have one on me." Her eyes got kind of big as she looked at me. "You have a weapon ON you?" I replied the affirmative and proceeded to pull my CCW from my wallet and give it to her with my hands in plain sight. "Where is it at?" she asks. "On my right hip." I reply. So I give her all of my paperwork and she goes back to her car adding, "Go ahead and get back in the car and keep your hands where I can see them." I climb back into the car, keeping my hands on the steering wheel. She comes back to my car and hands me a fix it ticket for not having the front plate on. Gives me back all of my paperwork and walks back to her car. Nothing else was said. Now, this being relatively rural Northern California, CCW holders are not entirely uncommon. I'm sure it would have been a different encounter if I was driving through San Francisco or LA, but hopefully not. I have to hand it to her for being professional and not hassling me about carrying. I've heard stories from other CCW friends of mine who have been harrassed and frisked, almost to the point of having their guns confiscated through no fault of their own. Here's to hoping I don't get pulled over anytime in the future, but if I do I hope that officer handles the situation with the same professionalism and courtesy that this officer did.

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    Thanks for the story.


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    seems to me the whole episode could have been avoided by obeying the law but hey, that's me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    seems to me the whole episode could have been avoided by obeying the law but hey, that's me
    Oh, owned (my grandkids say that when playing online video games). Tough climate here but you might give a guy a break for his first post!


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    Good post, Husker Harley.

    Here in Oklahoma, we only have the back license plate. A lot of people do put "vanity" front plates on, but I do agree some cars just look better without them.

    BTW, welcome to the forum.

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    Good to hear at least some stories of police not freaking out over something that is not illegal like CCW permits and the fact that you were within your right to be armed. Good for the female cop. I wish her well.

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    Welcome to the forum from eastern Washington.

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    Thanks for the post. Having lived in California for three years, I can assure you that most LEO personnel will hassle you...especially on the coast from San Francisco to San Diego.

    Quote Originally Posted by Naybor View Post
    Good post, Husker Harley.
    Here in Oklahoma, we only have the back license plate. A lot of people do put "vanity" front plates on, but I do agree some cars just look better without them.
    I now live in Nevada. My wife has a MX-5 that doesn't have a bracket for a front plate. In Nevada, there is a recent change to the law that simply says that if a car did not come equipped with a front license plate bracket, the owner is not required to display one. Of course, such an accommodating amendment wouldn't be expected in California...it makes too much sense.

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    [QUOTE=Lowjiber;186621]Thanks for the post. Having lived in California for three years, I can assure you that most LEO personnel will hassle you...especially on the coast from San Francisco to San Diego.


    Wow Lowjiber, I live in California and carry a CCW every day. Can you, or anyone else for that matter, be a little more specific as to being hasseled by "most LEO personnel will hassle you". I'm only interested in actual encounters where you, or they, were "hasseled".

    Thanks in advance. I'm waiting to here from all of you.

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    Grew up in California...now live in Kansas we are a bit more understanding about CCW here. I was in a traffic accident about 6 mouths ago 2nd person in line that got rear ended...gave the officer my license (we don't have to unless asked but always do as a courtesy) he later called my cell to find out what I carried and when I carried turns out he did not carry off duty very often and wanted advice.

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