SGT Jensen wrote:
(thanks sgt jensen for this info from a previous thread.)
Like Bushidonatesaid above, there is no duty to conceal, or notify. Either the cop is ignorant, or trying to be a bully.
If you as a carrier are unaware of the laws as well, then this can be a pretty intimidating situation to be in.I mean, the cops are always right, aren't they? YES THEY ARE! YOU SAID IT!
If you do know the law, try not to tell the cop that you know it, but politely dissent and ask him look up the law that mandates concealment or notification.
If he is the ignorant cop he will either look it up, or continue to beat you down with his stupidity. If he is a bully cop, chances are he will ease up when met with resistance.
And as not to appear biased, the good cops will not confront you, they understand the law and the Constitution, so meeting good cops while carrying openly is few and far between. :PWhy are you like this?
Bottom line is be prepared, and be polite. Nothing will work better for you that politeness, and a cool head. Welcome to OCDO! :celebrate
Do yourself a favor and reread SGT's post. He was just making the point that if the LEO is up to date on gun laws, they will not make an issue of you having your fire arm. I have several friends that are LEO, and they have admitted to me it is sometimes hard to keep up with law changes. This is not hard to imagine when a city cop has the city, county, state, and federal laws all covering his or her patrol area.
I got to educate one of them on open carry.
On the other side there are LEO that have a different mentality concerning open carry. It may be due to the fact that they believe the more guns on the street the more dangerous their job is. I had one tell me this. It could be that they are just anti gun. I know a retired LEO that will not touch a gun. Or it may be an issue of they see them self's as the GG (good guy) out to save the poor defenseless masses. (us) And if we are armed and capable of defending ourselves against the BG (bad guy). Then we have just taken part of their job, and their grandeur.
Don't get me wrong I do not
fancy myself a LEO. I carry to be able to defend myself, my family, and my loved ones in an extreme situation. Can you say Trolley Square? But unlike Trolley Square there will not always be a off duty or on duty LEO close by to stop the BG.
Just remember that just because a LEO is "ignorant" (lacking knowledge
) of a law. It does not make them Stupid. (Lacking intelligence
.) There is a every real difference between the two. There are a few LEO that through their arrogance, (an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions
), are apathetic ( having little or no interest or concern
), for our rights to OC, CC, or even defend ourselves with our fists.
I do believe Most LEO are good people. But unfortunately it only takes one bad encounter to sour someone's opinion of them in general. But enough of my rant, for now.
As SGT said "Bottom line is be prepared, and be polite. Nothing will work better for you than politeness, and a cool head."
Edited to add this.
Even though there was an off duty officer at trolley square four people got injured and five died before the off duty officer was able to stop the shooter. (stop the shooter = shoot him.)