Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- Member Nic A. wanted me to share a few of his LEO experiences with you (I try to avoid such interactions, personally 😉 ):
1. I was driving in Bath county at 3pm when I was stopped by a deputy for speeding. Once the officer came to window, I informed him that I have a CHP and was packing (I am aware of not being required to inform the police about carrying in Virginia).
He paused for a few seconds and replied: “I do not care about your gun. What I care about is that you were speeding. Can I have your drivers license and registration card?”
2. I came to a Fairfax county sobriety checkpoint point at 11pm. I pulled up to the checkpoint, rolled down my window, and the officer asked me about how much I had to drink. I replied that I had not been drinking, I have CHP, and was packing. He asked for my drivers license and CHP card. I informed him that I must reach for my wallet on the same side where my gun is located. I asked if it was OK to do so. He replied, “yes,” so I gave him the cards. He asked me what I was carrying, I told him Sig229, and looking at his gun, I said looks like you are carrying a Sig226.
So we chatted for over 5 min about our guns, how accurate they are so on, at the end I wished him a safe evening.
3. I was pulled over by a Prince William county officer for an expired tag at 8pm. As he approached, I rolled down the window and asked him the reason he stopped me. He told me and asked for my drivers license and registration card. I informed him that I was packing, have a CHP, and the gun is on the same side as my wallet. I asked it it was OK to reach for my wallet and he replied, “yes.” I asked him two more times, since he looked very young. He retrieved my cards and went back to his car and, in a matter of few minutes, THREE other officers arrived at the scene. The officer gave me a warning and I wished him a safe evening.
They will learn about your CHP once they check you for warrants, so I hope hearing it from me vs. learning it from the computer should ease their concerns.
During the last 2 stops, I turned on the lights inside the car, put my both hands on the wheel, and did not remove them until I got the OK from the officer. [PVC: Putting your hands outside the window is even better.]
Since then, I carry my wallet on my left-side back-pocket.
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