I was driving south on 95 from Reno back to Vegas yesterday. I got stopped for speeding by the Walker River Paiute Tribal Police. I was coming out of the tiny little town north of Walker Lake and saw the cruiser at the last minute coming toward me. I saw him hit the brakes so knew I was going to be stopped. I pulled over and waited for him. When he came to the window he said I was being stopped for going 51 in a 40. Then immediately asked if I had any weapons in the car. I told him I had my pistol in a fanny pack on the floor between the seats. He told me to get out of the vehicle for "officer safety."
I handed him my insurance and registration, my wallet was in my bag in the back of the vehicle andI stated so. He asked if I had a CCW and I told him I do. He asked to see my license and CCW permit. He asked what gun was in the car and I told him it was the Kahr that is listed on my permit. He asked if I was a security guard in a casino, which I am not, and then asked what I did. Then he told me to stand at the rear of my vehicle, again for "officer safety." After about a minute he came to the back of the car and told me he had my gun in his pants pocket for "safety" and i should return to the driver's seat.
After a couple minutes he returns with the ticket that he explains is for rural speed and will not have any impact on my license. My wife is pregnant and was getting pretty antsy as she needed to use the restroom. I asked if the gas station a couple hundred yards up was open. He says yes and if there are no further questions I am free to go. So I ask for my gun back. At this he says he will put the gun in the rear of the vehicle, a Honda CRV, for "officer safety." I asked if he minded my watching this as it is my gun. He said "No problem, just leave the gun in the rear until you get to the gas station." I asked if there was anything wrong or illegal about the way the gun was in the car to start, in a holster in the fanny pack. He said no but he didn't want me to have the gun in the car while he was there.
I don't mind the speeding ticket, he said I was going 51 in a 40 which seems fair, but the things the officer did during the stop really have me pissed.
My wife and our friend were never asked to exit the car or anything
else for that matter. I cooperated in hopes of not getting the speeding ticket. I realize that I should have known they need the revenue so bad there was no way I was not getting a ticket.
Could I have not told him about the gun legally? And could I legally refuse to leave the gun in the back until I got to the gas station?