I received the following first hand account via e-mail today and I was given permission to post his experience here. It has been over 8 years since I was last pulled over to be given a speeding ticket, so I have not yet experienced any LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) interaction of this type since I began carrying. The details of the event sent to me are below:
I am a bit puzzled as to why the LEO disarmed him and asked why he was carrying a gun. Why carry a gun? Isn't it obvious? If that LEO does not yet know why it is a good idea to carry a gun, why does he carry one in himself?
This was a Gilbert LEO. I called one of my best friends who is a Gilbert LEO, he told me that the Gilbert PD council said that Officers could not disarm anyone unless there was a suspected criminal violation.
- I got pulled over, (my license is GUNTOTN).
- Officer asked me if I was carrying.
- Officer asked for my license and CCW.
- Officer Said I was speeding.
- Officer asked me to get out of the car and put my hands behind my back, thumbs together.
- Officer grabbed my thumbs, and disarmed me.
- Officer asked why I had a gun.
- I told him "it is my 2nd amendment right."
- Officer wrote me a speeding ticket and requested that I allow him to place my gun in my trunk so that he would not have to hand it directly to me.
I think he pulled me over due to my plate and I am looking for the law or court case to back up my friends claim.
Update 1: Looks like Montana MHP Officers are doing the same thing. H/T to Gary.