from Burbrink, Don
cc "Despain, Kevin E" ,
date Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM
subject Open Carry
11:03 AM (11 hours ago)
Here are the answers to your questions;
When this activity is observed by an officer in our town...
1. Are the police instructed to stop (detain) the individual?
Officers are not instructed to stop or detain them if they are merely carrying openly, however if they get a call on them and there is some other activity going on then they may ask them for their ID and ask them about their intentions. But if they see them then generally they will not ask, but again it is based on what else is going on around the officer and if the officer feels safe.
2. Are the police instructed to ask for identification from the individual?
Only in the situation I described above. If they show up at a crime scene then they may be asked for ID, if they get a run on them then they may be asked.
3. Are the police aware that there is no offense that would warrant arrest from the simple open carrying of a firearm, when the firearm remains in the holster and no one has a credible and reasonable claim of a threat?
Yes, of course.
4. Are they educated with the fact that it is not necessarily illegal for a citizen to have a holstered firearm?
Again the same answer
5. What questions and procedures are the dispatchers trained with when a 'man with a gun' call is received? ( I consider #5 to be key to resolving many future "MAN WITH A GUN" calls when all it was was a citizen simply open carrying. )
You would have to ask Metro Safe about this.
Major Donald F. Burbrink II
Training Division Commander
2911 Taylor Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40208