You don't.Originally Posted by William Fisher
Or rather, it's your decision whether or not to tell the officer ANYTHING unless s/he has RAS to force you to stop & deal with her/him in the first place.
Unless it's an officer I know, if I were ccing I'd no sooner announce that than I'd announce the color of underwear I was wearing.
Since I usually OC (esp. here in WI, where that's all that's legal for now), the question probably won't come up.
No. Why would I?Say you go in somewhere to eat lunch and are seated accross from an LEO or are behind one at the check out counter in a store. Do you inform them you are armed.
If s/he is observant, s/he will notice my openly carried pistol in its holster.
Sort of like stopping next to a cop @ a stop light & telling her "I'm driving a car".
Why do you think a pistol carried by a citizen is any more worthy of announcement or notice or action than, say, a religious text or an "I voted" sticker?
Unless I (or someone else) need help, or I've witnessed something, or I've done something wrong, or I want to chat with someone I know who happens to be employed as a LEO, why would I talk with an officer? (And if I've done something wrong, or something they can twist into being wrong, pretty much all I'll say is "I want a lawyer".)
The possibility of a friendly "whatcha carrying" & discussion of relative merits of caliber & brand isn't high. The possibility of it being a prelude to a fishing expedition, nonconsensual interaction, or lecture on why I shouldn't carry openly (or why citizens shouldn't carry at all) is high.
Depends on the state. Best to ask this question in the OH forum, or if you're travelling then search the fora for those states & look on www.handgunlaw.usAre you only required to inform them when approached?
Some states don't try to require citizens to waive their right to remain silent.
Some states do. Look how well that worked out for the guy in Canton, or Philly.
Some states (WI) only require notification IF you're carrying concealed & IF the LEO has RAS of a crime.