Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Stan asks: I have a conundrum. It’s legal to “open carry” in my state but I’m very afraid of doing so in my car because of the hair-trigger attitude of armed government workers. If one sees a gun on my hip or on the seat next to me during a traffic stop, I expect I’ll be looking down the barrel of a gun. Or worse. Any thoughts?
My reply: I have the same problem, which I resolved by getting a concealed handgun permit (CHP). As in your state, in my state it’s legal – technically – to open carry. But it is also lethal to risk it, probably – in a car, at any rate.
I agree with you that having a gun in plain view (as legally required by open carry laws) when an AGW approaches your vehicle during a traffic stop is hugely dangerous. The AGW is likely to immediately pull his gun and point it at you, given the times we live in.
It doesn’t matter that you’ve committed no crime; that you are legally open-carrying. A Hut! Hut! Hutting! is the predictable response.
With a CHP, you don’t have to worry about that.
But you do have to worry – or should – about the reaction of the AGW if he finds the concealed gun on your person or in your glovebox, etc. Therefore, the first words out of my mouth when I am forced to deal with an AGW – and am carrying – is to advise the AGW that I have a CHP and am armed. This – so far – has worked well, and not just in terms of my not getting Hut! Hut! Hutted!
You must have a felony-free record to get a CHP and the AGWs I have dealt with seem to appreciate me telling them I have the CHP before they ask. I agree this may be servile, but it’s practical and may just save your life and a piece of payin’ paper. I’ve been “let off” several times on account (I believe) of advising the AGW I have the CHP, asking how he’d liked to proceed, etc.
I am certain these stops would have played out very differently if the AGW saw a .45 on the passenger seat.
That’s my 50!
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