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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 04:25 PM
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Yes he showed me his badge and gave me his name, then proceeded to question me. I didn't want to start any trouble as I wasn't sure about my pistol printing on my clothes. But now that I know it'll be different next time. I more or less chalked it up to the officer was having a bad day and needed somebody to badger some.
In my opinion, anyone who carries a firearm for personal protection has an obligation to know the laws applicable to carrying a firearm concealed, or openly. Not knowing the laws, can get you into situations as experienced by Waynzee, and can give over zealous LEOs the opportunity to ruin your day.

This comment is not directed specifically to you Waynzee, and is not meant to criticize your decision to conform to the cop's directive. In almost all cases, you are better off not challenging a cop ... if their behavior is way over the limit, challenge them via their department, or the courts.
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Yes he showed me his badge and gave me his name, then proceeded to question me. I didn't want to start any trouble as I wasn't sure about my pistol printing on my clothes. But now that I know it'll be different next time. I more or less chalked it up to the officer was having a bad day and needed somebody to badger some.

he also could have just been cautious. i know i am suspicious of anyone i see carrying. open or concealed, i pay a little more attention to the person if i notice it.


same thing if i notice a knife clipped to the pocket.
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he also could have just been cautious. i know i am suspicious of anyone i see carrying. open or concealed, i pay a little more attention to the person if i notice it.


same thing if i notice a knife clipped to the pocket.
While I don't disagree, you will really look at my sideways if we ever meet. But maybe not just because of the knife and pistol.... lol
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I carry anywhere I go in the Commonwealth, and where they are uncomfortable with me carrying, I am uncomfortable spending my money.

I do, however, make it a habit to declare to an officer that I am legally carrying a firearm for reasons of showing respect to the badge, and not wanting to surprise anyone in our present day paranoia. And yes, I know the law does not require it, just think it could be wiser.
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i have been checked various times while on my way home from hunting, going over the speed limit, lights out over my license plate and sitting in a parking lot planning where to go predator hunting next. this was around 2 am, in a business parking lot.



every single time...i roll down the windows, turn on the dome light, leave my hands in plain view on the steering wheel, and before i make any move at all...i always, always let the officer know that i have guns in the car and one on me.


this goes a long way to easing any tension the officer may have. he doesnt know who i am, or what i may have done, or been doing. i know i am not a threat to the officer but they dont know that. that are not suppose to assume i will not hurt them. they are not suppose to assume everyone is their friend. attitudes like that get officers hurt or killed.


AND... after every encounter, we have had conversations about hunting, especially predator hunting and the gear i am using and i get a warning instead of a ticket.

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i have been checked various times while on my way home from hunting, going over the speed limit, lights out over my license plate and sitting in a parking lot planning where to go predator hunting next. this was around 2 am, in a business parking lot.



every single time...i roll down the windows, turn on the dome light, leave my hands in plain view on the steering wheel, and before i make any move at all...i always, always let the officer know that i have guns in the car and one on me.
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