kryptonian wrote:It is wise to notify police that you are armed when making a call... whether 911 or otherwise... that officers will respond to simply because it shows that you are being responsible.. and it forewarns them that there is a firearm on scene. What they decide to do about that wouldn't matter if they were forewarned or not because they would still do whatever they decided anyway.debating the idea of telling emergency dispatcher to advise responding police you are open carrying legally.
a couple of years ago cutting thru a neighborhood to get home i went down a residential street. a lawn maintenance truck was parked in the road leaving only room for one vehicle to pass at a time. the truck was parked in the opposing lane facing me meaning i have the right of way because my lane is clear and approaching vehicles wait until i go by then drive around. simple right?
a red ford escort coming up on the truck turned head on into my lane while i was passing the truck. stopped nose to nose. i gave the driver (old man) the hands out WTF is your problem. he sat there. i gave him the back up hand motions. he gave it back. by then the lawn guy moved his truck opening his lane. he sat there. i could have backed up and went around but i didn't. called police. didn't call 9-11 but have local police already in my phone. it all goes thru oakland county dispatch anyway. told the problem and added to tell arriving police i am CC (before i knew about OC). dispatcher asked if it was a road rage incident or i was threatened. said no just come here and see what his problem is. asked my info. said i'll give it to the police when they get here. gave my name. she said wait until officers arrive and don't approach him.
walled lake police got there and was talking to the old guy. i got out and another officer asked if i was cc. said i was and asked if i could leave it in vehicle. i did. i'm sure it didn't help i was in earshot of the conversation and i was interjecting my commentary. "hey old man. if you're too old to drive take the bus with the other people". "you're old. where do you gotta be?" officers asked me to stop and i did.
said i was leaving and asked what is his problem. said they weren't sure blah blah..confused..he was yelling about me. sounded like he didn't like the fact i didn't live in that neighborhood and because of that i shouldn't have the right of way. assured them that my weapon wasn't going to be a factor in this and left. don't know what happened after that.
my point being is should you tell them ahead of time? you're calling 911 or whatever and calling them to where you are. they're going to find out when they get there anyway. depending on the situation where your weapon isn't a factor but you are. i guess there really isn't a legal requirement but maybe a safety or courtesy issue. any ideas?
However... an this is a BIG however...
The parts in blue above do not present you in a positive light. Yes, I know, the old fart pissed you off but a guy with a gun making derogatory comments to an old fart just isn't an example of a reasonable man.
Personally I think, my opinion, that the whole thing could have been avoided by simply realizing that the old fart had some kind of problem (who cares what it was) and backing up to let him on his way.
Not that this would apply to you personally but is a good place to mention it...
I had a conversation with a fellow just the other day about the legality of OC'ing... and I made it quite clear that if a person is carrying a gun they MUST maintain a clear and level head at all times.
I didn't say it that way... what I said was:
"If you are going to carry a gun in plain sight take your temper and your smart aleckness and shove them up your arse.. and leave them there... or they will get you into so much trouble you won't believe it."