I am from Virginia, however I go to North Carolina a lot. I was curious to know, is it okay travel by car with in a holster, and if it was okay if the weapon was wedged between the center console and the driver seat (its extremely rare for me to this, but it does happen on occasion when making real short trips).
Yep its perfectly ok but.... Make sure that it is visible from both the driver window and passenger side window incase you get stopped. Thats how I carry mine but I make a note to quickly slide it on top of the cup holders if i get stopped so I dont have to worry about a LEO having a bad day saying its concealed.
Below is straight from the NC OC flyer. I wouldn't stuff it between the seats or anything like that. I'd keep it in plain view unless you want to take your chances or if you have your Concealed Carry Permit.
loaded handguns on the seat or dashboard, or anywhere in plain view, are legal in NC. Firearms inside consoles, under the seat, or covered by a coat or similar object are considered "concealed". Whether you weapon is loaded or unloaded makes no difference in NC.
I just keep mine holstered on my hip. (knocking on wood) I've never had any issues when stopped by police carrying in my holster that way. when they come up to the window, the first thing out of my mouth is "I'm openly carrying a firearm" they usually ask where it is, i say on my hip. they look in to see it on my hip and then go from there. never have they even suggested that it might be considered concealed that way.
You DO NOT have to do this.... If its visible/open... than there is no reason to "give out" free info. I have a CHP and OC 99% of the time and I dont tell anyone Im carrying... Now "IF" I was CC and approached by a LEO I Must inform and present my CHP card and ID.... Not needed for OC...
Yea thats correct, here, only if you have a ccp AND you are cc ing do you have to let the officer know. However, I will tell them even if Im OCing, but thats up to you. I dont want them to freak out. I stand corrected on my last post.