Vehicle Stops & Concealed Carry Question
I teach the NC concealed handgun training class and this is a question that I have been asked quite a few times. I have a “recommendation” from the AG liaisons office at our justice academy. Their recommendations at times have been known to hold no bearing on real world so I wanted to get some opinions from officers that are likely to encounter this situation.
Vehicle stop scenario
Here’s the set up, you are stopping a vehicle (license check, DUI checkpoint, minor infraction, etc) that has multiple passengers along with the driver. One or more of the passengers have legally permitted concealed handguns. The driver is not armed and the driver also has no prior knowledge of the concealed weapon status of the passengers.
Here in NC we have the requirement to notify LE that we are carrying when approached or addressed.
First, when do you want to be notified of the passengers armed status? As soon as you address the driver? Wait till you address the individual passengers? Not at all if you only talk to the driver? Other?
Second what would be the perfect way for this to play out for you? Passengers notify the driver that they need to talk to the officer as soon as approached and let the driver handle it? Have the passenger address the approaching officer and inform? Wait till addressed individually?
I teach the answer that the AG liaisons provide but nothing says I can’t also include real world answers that may keep some of the more high strung students from getting into deep yogurt when they do get stopped.
Thanks for any input and sorry to be so long winded.