Bear 45/70 wrote:
Semper Paratus wrote:
Did they call you off of your property? or enter your property? I am a little hazy on local laws or codes. all work I did as a LEO was under USC's and on international waters or US territorial seas. I know when I boarded a boat I could disarm any person that was armed with no reason or cause other than officer safety. By no means do I say what the Leos in your situation was right IMHO. but they might have the right to disarm you if there was a complaint before they questioned you. but if there was no complaint wouldn't that be profiling.
Not in the State of Washington you can't. It's not even legal to stop someone just because they are carrying a gun, unless you have more than a hunch they might be doing something wrong.
Semper Paratus was referring tohis service in the US Coast Guard, and even within the State of Washington the US Coast Guard may stop, board, and search any vessel upon navigable waters.
Yes, even in the State of Washington, and yes even without a warrant.
The precedent is in maritime law and it is a strange bird. Don't believe me? Give it a try sometime.
As to other LEO's stopping you in Washington, they must articulate reasonable suspicion toimpede you. That is not a mere hunch, but a legal standard that most of you already understand so I won't wander off into that too much. If that is what you meant, then sorry for the misunderstanding.
The only issue I will add, because I see it mentioned a bunch without much thought, is that the officer does not need to articulate reasonable suspicion to you
at the point of the stop. A reasonable officer will do so, however, because frankly it makes everyone's day alot easier.
This is an often confusing issue for folks, because they like to ask and get righteous about how the stop is illegal when the officer does not provide the information - and that simply is not so.
As to the Deputy's behavior in the OP, I have no comment. I was not there.