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    Hi, in a lot of the open carry videos on YouTube I see people refusing to show their ID to police when asked. Is there a reason for this? I know in a lot of states you don't have to, but why wouldn't you? All it seems to do is create hostility which is the last thing you want. If you have no criminal record and you're legally able to own and carry a gun, why not just let them run a background check?

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

    watch this ^^ and the second one (which you will want to watch I'm sure)


    You know that cops record information that you give them, right?

    So why allow them to document ANYTHING about you, including your whereabouts.

    Explain to me why it is any of their business. And how a cop can make you free-er.

    You must have $40,000 bucks just lying around to spend on a legal battle that could be avoided simply by saying: I do not consent to any encounter with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    Hi, in a lot of the open carry videos on YouTube I see people refusing to show their ID to police when asked. Is there a reason for this? I know in a lot of states you don't have to, but why wouldn't you? All it seems to do is create hostility which is the last thing you want. If you have no criminal record and you're legally able to own and carry a gun, why not just let them run a background check?
    Ahhhhh. <pleasure> One of my favorite subjects.

    First, we each have to make our own decisions. While I might shake my head at the person who cooperates, I must concede that no matter how strongly I might disagree, it is his right to cooperate.

    On to your questions. I cannot answer for others. I can only answer for myself.

    Thousands of people paid the price in blood, smoke, and treasure across centuries to wrest from government our rights. From Magna Carta to ratification of the Bill of Rights was 576 years. Over half a millennium. Literally over a million Americans have died since then defending them. I will not spit on their graves by waiving those rights. A cop's curiosity in the here-and-now pales in comparison to centuries-long price paid to win and protect those rights.

    A heavy price--very heavy, indeed--was paid to obtain our rights. I am absolutely not willing to pay that price twice, to pay it again. Especially for something government should already recognize without the people having to demand it. Rights were way, way too costly to obtain. They are precious, if no other reason than the human suffering and sacrifice it cost to obtain them. Very, very high price. Very, very high value.

    Thus, I am unwilling to back up even one inch. Somebody died or suffered badly to gain that one inch. Thus, I will exercise rights to the limit. There is just no way in hell I am willing for anybody to have to go through that again.
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    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    Hi, in a lot of the open carry videos on YouTube I see people refusing to show their ID to police when asked. Is there a reason for this? I know in a lot of states you don't have to, but why wouldn't you? All it seems to do is create hostility which is the last thing you want. If you have no criminal record and you're legally able to own and carry a gun, why not just let them run a background check?
    Another reason:

    If a cop is confronting me about an openly carried, properly holstered, defensive sidearm, implicit in his investigation is the premise that exercising an enumerated right is somehow suspicious.

    Oh, hell no! Being able to defend yourself against criminal attack is a fundamental human right. There is no possible way exercising a fundamental human right can be lowered to the same level as suspicion of criminality. No, no, NO!!
    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

    There is no human being on earth I hate so much I would actually vote to inflict government upon him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    ... but why wouldn't you?
    I dunno, maybe the next time Officer Friendly stops you (when he has no suspicion of illegality, of course) why don't you ask him to provide documentation of his home address; where he sleep, and his wife and children are. I'm sure he'll willingly provide that to you, after all, what harm is there in it?

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    This is definitely an odd and loaded question when asked by a professed resident of Milwaukee, considering the MPD's reputations. Remember that it was MPD that stitched-up MKEgal so many times.
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    This is Alex Kaminski's introduction.

    This is Alex Kaminski's introduction back in August.
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    Hi, my name is Alex. I'm 18 years old and in 3 weeks I will be attending UW Stevens Point to pursue a career in law enforcement, specifically to be game warden for the WI DNR. I will be freshman I will be living on campus in a dorm. I've been giving a lot of thought lately about purchasing a handgun, from a private sale of course, and bringing it with me to college. Legal firearm storage will not be an issue as I am also bringing up my 12 gauge and my a .22 so I will have my own locker at the on campus armory to store it.
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    Thanks in advance, Alex Kaminski
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    You live in The People's Democratic Republic of Wisconsinstan and your cooperation is greatly appreciated by the state...go ahead and show the cop your papers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    Hi, in a lot of the open carry videos on YouTube I see people refusing to show their ID to police when asked. Is there a reason for this? I know in a lot of states you don't have to, but why wouldn't you? All it seems to do is create hostility which is the last thing you want. If you have no criminal record and you're legally able to own and carry a gun, why not just let them run a background check?
    Would you give out all that information to any stranger who simply asks you for it?

    So, to answer your question, why not post your full name, birthdate, your DL number, and your address on this forum?

    There are cops and former cops on this site so, if you have nothing to hide then you will share that information with the public.

    For me it is not about hiding it is just none of a police officer's business who I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
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    That is a pointed response

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Volunteering information is akin to swallowing a treble hook, line and sinker. No good will come of it.
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    That is a pointed response
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    This is Alex Kaminski's introduction back in August.
    I'm actually now getting certified to be a welder, I couldn't last one semester of the liberal biased "knowledge" the professors tried to feed me. I never thought I would learn about how white males are oppressing minorities in a class that was supposed to be about wildlife and nature....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    A group of police officers are standing outside a Walmart and stopping everyone going in to WalMart and asking for ID so they can check them for outstanding parking tickets/fines/warrants. Do you show your ID?
    You have a very good point. All I am saying is that if I was I was stopped by law enforcement I would rather be on my way as fast as I can and I wouldn't want to escalate the situation and create hostility. Do I think police have any right to stop a law abiding citizen? Hell no. But the last thing I want is some ill-informed cop to think I'm a threat and tackle me to the ground or shoot me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    I'm actually now getting certified to be a welder, I couldn't last one semester of the liberal biased "knowledge" the professors tried to feed me. I never thought I would learn about how white males are oppressing minorities in a class that was supposed to be about wildlife and nature....
    Good. There is always a need for good welders. In my work I caused miles of welding/re-welding. One particular common welding project was in 2" thick HY-80.

    The cop has caused the hostility in your hypothetical. Cops as cops have NO RIGHTS but have arrogated powers from their public masters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    ...All I am saying is that if I was I was stopped by law enforcement I would rather be on my way as fast as I can and I wouldn't want to escalate the situation and create hostility. Do I think police have any right to stop a law abiding citizen? Hell no. But the last thing I want is some ill-informed cop to think I'm a threat and tackle me to the ground or shoot me.
    When citizens acquiesce to these unlawful fishing expeditions, it emboldens the cops to keep doing them. You will be on your way much faster when the cops learn to stop doing it. You can help by politely refusing and continuing on your way. Indeed, they CAN'T detain you to ask these questions. Don't even stop walking as you politely say something to the effect of: "I don't have time right now, have a nice day."

    Or, if you are in the mood, and have the time, you can go with Citizen's reasons, and really give the cop an education while still refusing and then still leave without asking for his permission first.

    Your last sentence is a little interesting. If you honestly think this is a possibility for your part of the country, then perhaps you should ask some local experts, or maybe even your local LEA as to what level of training their officers have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    [ ... ] But the last thing I want is some ill-informed cop to think I'm a threat and tackle me to the ground or shoot me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    ... All I am saying is that if I was I was stopped by law enforcement I would rather be on my way as fast as I can and I wouldn't want to escalate the situation and create hostility. Do I think police have any right to stop a law abiding citizen? Hell no. But the last thing I want is some ill-informed cop to think I'm a threat and tackle me to the ground or shoot me.
    Alex, if Officer Friendly stops you, it's not because he's interested in you doing 'a thing' legally. He's stopping you because he thinks you did something illegal. He's conducting an investigation to justify his detainment of you.
    If your answers don't provide a basis for probable cause and the officer is somehow sure you must be in violation of some law he thinks he remembers, or that one of his coworkers told him was illegal, all it means is that he's not asking the right questions. It means he thinks he needs more answers from you until he latches onto one that gives him either probable cause or a lead in establishing probable cause. You cannot make yourself more innocent by cooperation.


    Officer Friendly is just looking to do his job
    Officer Friendly is just looking for suspicious conduct
    Officer Friendly is just looking for probable cause to make an arrest
    Officer Friendly is just looking to put a criminal in jail
    Officer Friendly is looking at you
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    In some (maybe all) asking for ID was a witness is also approved by the courts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    In some (maybe all) asking for ID was a witness is also approved by the courts.
    The key is the difference between 'asking', and 'having the authority to demand'. And even then, no court to my knowledge has opined that someone need produce documentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    Hi, in a lot of the open carry videos on YouTube I see people refusing to show their ID to police when asked. Is there a reason for this? I know in a lot of states you don't have to, but why wouldn't you? All it seems to do is create hostility which is the last thing you want. If you have no criminal record and you're legally able to own and carry a gun, why not just let them run a background check?

    Well..... I would require he be in proper uniform and use the correct words first.....

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    Correct words (with proper German accent)- PAPERS!! You vill show your identity papers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexkaminski888 View Post
    You have a very good point. All I am saying is that if I was I was stopped by law enforcement I would rather be on my way as fast as I can and I wouldn't want to escalate the situation and create hostility. Do I think police have any right to stop a law abiding citizen? Hell no. But the last thing I want is some ill-informed cop to think I'm a threat and tackle me to the ground or shoot me.
    They arent gonna shoot you. If a LEO comes to your door and asks if he or she can search your house, because you know you dont have anything to hide right? so just go ahead and let them in, that way they can be on their way in no time. This is the argument we get from people who dont OC, and frankly, dont care about their rights. They believe our rights come from the Government, but they dont. You see, we have this little piece of paper called the Constitution, the one LEO are sworn to uphold, so instead of giving in to their unconstitutional requests, why not hold them to their oath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallschirmjäger View Post
    Alex, if Officer Friendly stops you, it's not because he's interested in you doing 'a thing' legally. He's stopping you because he thinks you did something illegal. He's conducting an investigation to justify his detainment of you.
    If your answers don't provide a basis for probable cause and the officer is somehow sure you must be in violation of some law he thinks he remembers, or that one of his coworkers told him was illegal, all it means is that he's not asking the right questions. It means he thinks he needs more answers from you until he latches onto one that gives him either probable cause or a lead in establishing probable cause. You cannot make yourself more innocent by cooperation.


    Officer Friendly is just looking to do his job
    Officer Friendly is just looking for suspicious conduct
    Officer Friendly is just looking for probable cause to make an arrest
    Officer Friendly is just looking to put a criminal in jail
    Officer Friendly is looking at you
    Or, quite often, simply because he does not like what you are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notalawyer View Post
    Or, quite often, simply because he does not like what you are doing.
    Having been arrested for 'felony trespassing' for doing nothing more than 'not being dressed in proper sports attire' while walking for exercise in a public park, in daytime, while it was open,...... I cannot disagree with you.

    The arrest was non prosequi'd but that didn't stop me from spending 13 hours in jail.




    It did pay for a brand spankin' new AR engraved with Officer Bell's badge number as the serial number, so I got that going for me.

    Would I go it again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom1Man View Post
    Would you give out all that information to any stranger who simply asks you for it?

    So, to answer your question, why not post your full name, birthdate, your DL number, and your address on this forum?

    There are cops and former cops on this site so, if you have nothing to hide then you will share that information with the public.

    For me it is not about hiding it is just none of a police officer's business who I am.

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