A non-confrontational approach to any cop interactions, where your OC'd handgun is likely the only reason for the interaction, is the first key to not being subject to "the ride." Recording the interaction is vital to "beating the rap." LACs are usually not required to interact with a cop if they are not mandated to do so under the laws of their state. Know this/these laws too.
I have had two interaction, several years ago, both were short, less than one minute in one, and less than five minutes in the other. On both occasions I supplied only the information required under the law. I did not speak one word in the first, and "educated" in the second.
The second interaction was a cop quizzing/lecturing me about OC in my front yard (he was driving by and saw me OC while doing yard work). "No law against that" was my only substantive response after the "no" to a ID request. The cop made a good choice and went about his business elsewhere.
Every interaction is unique and your approach should be predicated on what you perceive as the cop's attitude. The "side of the road' is not the place to try a (your) court case. It is my experience that the vast majority of cops are well trained and professional. They'll know a crime is in progress, or a criminal (alleged) is in their midst, act accordingly and within the confines of the law. These cops rarely stop you unless they have a department policy that compels them to do that which they would not ordinarily do if they were to casually see a armed citizen.
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