Navigating Police Encounters With a Concealed Weapon

Navigating Police Encounters With a Concealed Weapon

Being pulled over by a police officer is never a pleasant experience, but it can be particularly challenging if the officer discovers a concealed firearm in the vehicle, even if the individual is legally authorized to carry the firearm. This was tragically demonstrated in the killing of Philando Castile in 2016. In Virginia, where my company, Leumas Security Services, is located, a weapon is deemed concealed if it is not easily visible. While a concealed carry permit is generally required, there are exceptions, and it's crucial for gun owners to be aware of the regulations in their state.

Some states recognize concealed carry permits from other states, but it's essential for firearm owners to understand the requirements. Moreover, an increasing number of states are seeking to ease restrictions on concealed carry. For instance, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate the need for a concealed carry license, and the U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling this spring on a challenge to New York's gun law.

No matter what the law states, if you are stopped for a traffic violation and your concealed firearm is in the vehicle, follow these steps:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Put your car in park and take your foot off the brake
  3. Roll down all windows
  4. Advise the officer that you have a concealed weapon and legal permit
  5. Follow the instructions of the officer and move slowly
  6. Remain respectful and honest
  7. If an additional police vehicle shows up, remain calm, this may be standard protocol for that department.
  8. Allow officers to secure your weapon and run the serial number
  9. Be prepared to exit your vehicle
  10. Continue to follow police instructions and answer questions calmly and respectfully

When driving: watch your speed, keep your vehicle registration and maintenance up-to-date, and take extra time to check your lights and signals. A traffic stop can’t go bad if you don’t get pulled over.

Learn more helpful information in my book Rent-A-Cop Reboot and on our Leumas Publishing YouTube Channel.