Nikki, you're the only one who was there and is capable of judging the LEO's attitude. It's possible that he was trying to give you some helpful advice, namely that it's hard to draw from a holster while belted into your driver's seat.
Like georg jetson, I take mine out of my holster when I get in my car. It rides securely in a slot in my dashboard that would have held some expensive piece of audio gear if I weren't a cheap son of a gun.
On the other hand, since courts have ruled that LEO can go after what's in plain sight, then he could have been trying to set you up for a future temporary siezure.
You are exactly right about his attitude being more of a helpful one. I talked to him last night. The night shift guys all hang out in front of the Shell station in town.
We all had a discussion about how we carry when in a vehicle. The first thing he said about having a holstered firearm in a vehicle is how hard it is to draw with the seatbelt in the way. The second thing he said about it is about how uncomfortable it is to wear a holstered waepon while seated in a car.
I don't believe that he was setting me up for future seizure. He's a family friend. I've known him my entire life, as I have with most of the WFSO deputies.
On a side note: Said Shell station is the only 24 hour convenience store within 10 miles of where I live; and they just put up a freaking "NO WEAPONS ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION" sign. I'm quite buggered about this. I mean, even if there is a cop there 24/7, I want to be able to have my weapon within reach.