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Can police take an Open Carry Gun Away During A Traffic Stop

edited November 2016 in Gun Law Facts Posts: 1
I was stopped for an expired license plate and had a pistol out in the open. He asked for my concealed carry permit. I told him it was not concealed, I don't need a permit.

A bunch of words insued about me keeping my hands on the wheel and rolling down and unlocking the door at the same time (hand on his gun the whole time).

Once we got thru that, he said he wanted to unload the gun and place it on the windshield. I agreed, he a then asked for my papers, which I produced. He started to walk back to his car, and after a few steps he turned back and grabbed my gun and mag. He said, "I'm.going to run the VIN on that gun".

I became super pissed off. And told him to call his supervisor, he said nothing and kept walking.

I feel first off he had no right to take possession of my property. He had no right to disarm me. I am not a criminal. He shouldn't be able to walk off with anything of mine.

You see a criminal has the gun he can't see, a criminal is a threat and would not openly display a firearm. He would never know he was in danger if I was hiding a gun.

Is the cop wrong?


  • Not sure about the right procedure on this kind of event, but I guess the officer was being cautious. Of course, I totally got your side on how bad and pissed off you were, but honestly, you should be more cautious too, and avoid letting your gun out in the open. I know, you want to feel somehow safer by letting it easy to grab, but for sure is not a very clever action, imagine you trip on the road, the gun falls, and you get a shot while driving. I suggest you to read about it, or ask the legal way to proceed and be prepared for the next time.
  • For me it is just a self defense for the police, but the only bad thing that a police will do if the police point the gun to you, that's not fair anymore that is no longer a self defense for me especially when you doesn't do anything and the police just point it to you just to look for your license that is definitely wrong. Always be alert, know your rights. "You have the right to know your rights" 
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