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Old February 13th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #1
 
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Duty to inform States.

Is it a requirement to inform in your State if contact is made in official capacity by a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO)? Routine Traffic Stop or just approached while carrying concealed?

I have been given this map. Please, if your state is indicated wrong. Please advise.



Personally, I always do. Officers relax when they realize that you are honest and law abiding. I have never had a problem.

If you advise that your state is correctly or incorrectly portrayed in regards to CCW duty to inform by the map and then, you wish to state your feelings on the subject please do. Please be mindful and respect the opinions of others.

Thanks for your input.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #2
 
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AZ is correct in that map - no duty to inform. In AZ a CCW is tagged to DL, so they are going to know if run you in system. Which is sort of weird now that anyone who can legally own can conceal, but they won't be in system like those of us who previously had CCW.

Anyway, my feelings? Just like you said, I plan to advise when/if I'm carrying (have not been stopped in years, last time I was stopped I was not carrying). Rather be up front with Officer rather than any risk of surprise. I still believe the vast majority of LEOs are out there trying to do right, they just want to do their duties while keeping safe so they can go home to their families at night. As I teach my son, respect gets respect. But you already know that because you are a Gunny
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Old February 13th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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NH is correct. We have no duty to inform. I also checked Handgunlaw web site for the rest of New England plus PA and it looks correct for them as well provided Handgunlaw's web site is correct.

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Ohio is correct. We must inform.
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My state has no duty to inform.
However I would think it would be common sense to do so.
If I was ever contacted by an officer I would hand him my drivers license and my carry permit.
The least number of surprises the better. They aren't my enemy.
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WI is correct. We don't have to say jack!

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Michigan, unfortunately, is correctly identified as a state with the duty to inform.
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Personally, I always do. Officers relax when they realize that you are honest and law abiding. I have never had a problem.
This has been cussed and discussed several times.
I will repeat what the Sheriff's Officer that teaches the law portion of our CC classes has to say.

Barring your state requiring notification, "do not volunteer anything".
ALWAYS be polite and clearly answer all questions asked by the officer.
Beyond that, smile and stay quiet.

At least around here, it works.
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Always just have to laugh when I see the "Peoples Republic of Illinois" on these maps.
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Kentucky is correctly indicated on your map. Having said that, let me add that I agree with informing police if your stopped by them. One evening I was taking a walk when I was stopped by police. Seems someone wearing a jacket like mine was reported going onto peoples porches and poking around. When I identified myself as a CCL holder and that I was armed the police removed my weapon and unloaded it. They called in my CCL number. When it came back clean, my weapon was returned to me and when they found out I was a Military Policemen we became good friends. I still get invited to the police range to shoot with some of the boys.
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I just renewed my permit in Bucks County, PA and was specifically told we do not have to inform anyone we are carrying unless asked. It is totally our option.
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Oklahoma is must inform. One the first things out of your mouth is "I'm a concealed carry I have the weapon on me" or "I'm a concealed carry I do not have the weapon on me". The cop can see on his computer whether or not you're a CCW.
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...answer all questions asked by the officer.
Beyond that, smile and stay quiet. At least around here, it works.

Got that wrong. About 6 years ago I got the same false info in class. I drive around the Denver metro area in the wee hours and have been stopped many, many times between 1 and 3AM. I have gotten to know some officers in certain municipalities and am given a pass, but believe me they know you have a permit when they approach. While they cannot ask directly it is usual for them to innocently ask if you have any "special permits". I can assure you they know. I don't have any record or any citations but they still know.
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In NH I dont have to say squat,and I dont!

With one exception!
Was on my way to my Northrn NH camp and my truck broke down with the Wife,Boy(6months old) and my Chocolate Lab. Got my family situated at an Inn and returned with the police officer to get our belonings and at that point told him I needed to bring my H&K Tactical with me,I told him I didnt think it was a good idea to leave it in my truck and he agreed. He didnt even bat an eye lid,I put the shoulder rig on and jumped into his cruiser and off we went!
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Now I am confused. Wisconsin is correct that you do not need to inform however I had a plan that I would turn over my driver liscence and CCW permit together if I was ever pulled over. I am thinking that because Wisconsin being relatively new to CCW the Law Inforcement Officers may be a bit jumpy which is why I would volunteer rather than have them find it later.

Now I seem to remember seeing a video somewhere (not in class) that it is best not to give any information if not asked.

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