In the state of Florida, individuals are permitted to carry a concealed weapon or firearm, which might include a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, if they “meet the requirements for citizenship, age, training, and other criteria,” according to Florida Statute 790.06. The law requires individuals who are authorized to carry an approved weapon to also carry their license along with valid identification at all times. If an officer of the law pulls you over and asks you if you are carrying a weapon, you do need to inform them when you have it in your possession and provide them with your license that shows you are legally permitted to carry it.
However, according to the Rockledge Police Department, individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm have no “duty to inform” a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed weapon or firearm unless an officer asks them. While some routine traffic stops never result in an officer asking if a driver has a weapon inside of their car or in their possession, you might choose to disclose this information to them. Some reasons why you may wish to inform an officer that you are carrying a firearm or a knife is if you feel they will accuse you of committing a crime or the officer may search your vehicle, with or without the probable cause to do so. And if you are ever faced with this decision and you choose to let the officer know you have a licensed weapon, consider these tips on how what would be the best way to tell the officer.
What is the best way to tell an officer you have a licensed weapon in your possession?
According to one police officer from the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, here are some things you might consider doing when stopped by an officer of the law with a licensed gun in your possession.
- When the officer approaches your vehicle to make initial contact with you, you should roll your window down and then place your open hands either on the steering wheel or somewhere where the officer can visibly see them.
- The next thing you might consider doing is letting the officer know that you have your concealed permit and that you have a gun in your car. The officer goes on to suggest that you tell the officer who pulled you over where the gun is located in your vehicle and whether it is loaded or unloaded.
- After communicating to the officer that you have a weapon, whether it is a firearm or a knife and you have placed your open hands in a visible place, the officer will then proceed to take the steps he/she deems necessary given the circumstances of the situation.
What if an officer violates my rights after if I showed proof I am licensed to carry a weapon?
Although it is understandable for an officer of the law to become defensive and guarded after being notified that a driver has a weapon inside of their vehicle with them, even if you are licensed to carry it, they should not violate your rights nor apply excessive force. Unfortunately, many do and claim they felt threatened which is why they reacted in the manner that they did. But, despite their reasoning, if a Dixie County, FL police officer violated your rights, harmed you, or wrongfully arrested you, you can exercise those rights with the help of an experienced Dixie County, FL police brutality attorney.
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