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Advice to Cops

Maddened Fowl links to an article in, which gives advice at length to law enforcement professionals with regard to encounters with persons carrying weapons legally concealed.

You should go and read the whole article.  While positive in tone, it does show cops how to spot someone legally carrying concealed, and could be used to invoke probable cause if a citizen is on the edge with regard to a violation.  Like if they are carrying concealed with a permit, but in a non-permitted area.  (e.g. Arizona permits carrying in bars without warning signage if one is not consuming alcohol.  Sometimes permitees cross this line.  Some other States do allow consumption.)

In part:

Philosophically, I support the right to carry for anyone who can exercise the responsibility for proper care and awareness. I have found, by and large, that citizens who do carry concealed are very pro-law enforcement and would be very willing to come to your aid if you were in the middle of a fire fight. This can be good and bad but I try never to forget that they are supporters of law enforcement, not felons. This is a BIG difference.

• People who have gone through the process of getting a concealed carry permit are, in general, law abiding citizens, not felons.

• Do not expect them to know the letter of the law or the interpretations of the law in various districts—they will have a general idea what the law states

• IF THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE to treat someone who may be carrying a concealed weapon as an armed criminal, by all means do so — however, when you make a contact with a CCW, proning them out wouldn’t be my first option without digging a little deeper

This is followed by a whole litany of fashion ideas civilian CCW’ers seem to cultivate, as opposed to the average felon or gang-banger.

Very educational, both for cops and for civilians who carry with discretion.  I suspect ganstas won’t see the article – or can’t even read.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Advice to Cops

  1. Bad link to Maddened Fowl Sir!

    Posted by keads | December 19, 2012, 8:33 am
  2. Good link and it makes sense… 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | December 19, 2012, 11:14 am
  3. Thanks. You have me in good company. That rocks:)

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | December 21, 2012, 11:28 am

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