I was going outside to help my fiancee get my daughter out of the car and get her shopping bags, first thing I notice is my little brother had just pulled in my driveway with a RPD behind him for expired registration. The office saw my glock 17 before I had a chance to say anything. He was very courteous and polite and had no problems what so ever. We did get into talking about open carry and then of course he went about the whole going armed to the terror of the public if someone called about my handgun. I did not argue with him since he was not going to ticket my brother and he left on good terms with me. However I did follow up by sending a e-mail to the raliegh police dept. concerning his stance on GATToP and how carrying a properly holstered handgun does not constitute being charged with this offense. I just wanted to hopefully educate some LEO's who do not understand the law and make future encounters between LEO and LAC a little more positve.
here is my email
Yesterday an officer pulled my younger brother over for expired registration outside in my driveway. I did not know he was outside but my fiancee and daughter had just gotten home I helped them bring there bags in, I was open carrying my glock 17 to which I made mention to the officer while he was conducting the traffic stop. He had no problem with it and knew I was within my legal right. We did have a discussion about open carry to some extent, he did inform me that I could be charged with going armed to the terror of the public if someone called and said there was a man with a gun.
I am not sending this email to complain about the officer or his conduct, he was very respectful and courteous during our encounter. I am just wanting to make sure that the police force knows that carrying a properly holstered handgun in a peaceful manner does not constitute a going armed to the terror of the public charge. It is important to keep the relationship between sworn officers of the law and armed citizens such as myself, healthy, and respectful. I want to make sure they know the law as well as I do so I am not arrested one day for excersising my right to carry a firearm for my personal protection. Again I thank everyone in our police department for there hard work and dedication and hope this issue can be resolved so open carriers and police officers can have positive interactions should the day comes when someone calls about a man with a holstered gun.
thanks very much
I'm sure you'll hear from Dreamer and all those guys about it too, but from what I can see, it's a very well done email and gets the point across in a respectful manner. I'm just glad to see someone actually contact the department about it.