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Gun Travel: Traffic Stops While Carrying

If you travel often and carry, you will eventually be stopped by a traffic officer. Possibly for a violation, a speeding incident or just being by another accident with which you are only a witness. All of these situations start the chain of events that could lead to a search and the officer finding that you are carrying…

Common sense first

Standard tips apply here. No sudden movements. Keep your hands in plain view. Answer questions that don't incriminate you. If an incriminating question does come up, it is best to decline and ask to speak to counsel.


Searches need probable cause. Most stops don't offer obvious probably cause so the office may ask for permission. They may ask you to sign a consent form. It is best not to do this. This gives away your rights to ever question or challenge the search in the future. And who knows what unexpected things could happen in a search. You should obey an officers instructions or demands but you don't have to sign away your rights. Unless they have a strong probably cause, the office will probably not take the chance and perform a search without the consent form. That form is their protection while you lose yours.

Searches they can do

Police officers can do a protective search. They can ask you to get out of the vehicle and search your person. If you have a concealed weapon on you, and they discover it themselves, this is where you start to get in trouble. The officer can also search the immediate area under the driver's control if they have a legitimate suspicion of a weapon. This is why you should probably store your weapon out of your reach while driving. They can not search the rest of your RV or vehicle without consent or probably cause.


This article should not be used or considered legal advice at all. It is for entertainment, discussion and general information pointing you in the right direction. We are not telling anyone what is right or wrong, what they should or shouldn't do. All decisions to carry a firearm in a RV or vehicle are made by the party committing such act. These articles are not providing advice for any specific situation you may encounter, find yourself in or involving the traveler, reader or a court system. Any such advice or decisions you make should involve an attorney in the jurisdiction where an event arises. Always consult with proper counsel when dealing with the law.

Adam | Jan 5, 2009 | Category: Security

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