Ah nothing like starting the morning with video evidence of stupidity. Folks, some people out there are not only incapable of critical thought, they also teach from that perspective. The video in question today was put out by someone who is already known for blatant idiocy. This one was no exception. In this one he was explaining how to carry in the car. I’m not going to identify him as he doesn’t deserve the web traffic. So, with this in mind, let’s talk about what NOT to do.
- DO NOT place the gun under your leg or between your legs while you’re driving. Your firearm needs to be secured while inside the vehicle. And just because it is in a holster does not mean it is secured. In one instance, a friend was driving a taxi and found himself in a rollover accident. Because he had backed off the tension of his holster, his Glock 34 had gone ricocheting around inside the car during the roll. In the case of under the leg or between the legs on the seat, all it takes is a solid front impact to knock that loose. What happens if you need it afterwards? Not only that, but drawing from this position carries a very real possibility of muzzling one’s own leg.
- DO NOT mount your handgun in the car. If you want to mount a second one in the car and remove it at night, that’s fine. The problem with mounting your primary inside your car is you’re going to be tempted to leave it there when just exiting the car briefly. It’s a hassle to move it back and forth from your holster to the vehicle and vice versa. If you look around, you should have no problem finding examples of muggings at gas stations. So if you blunder into one of those situations, what happens if you have left your gun in the car?
- DO NOT handle your gun during a traffic stop. Don’t clear it. Don’t pull it out. None of that shit. This guy actually advocated clearing the pistol and setting it on the dashboard. This is how you get shot. It’s much easier to inform the officer that you have a license to carry and inform him that you are carrying a firearm and ask them how they would like to proceed. Just be aware this may result in a later discussion on cool guns.
- DO NOT store your gun in the glove compartment on top of your license, registration and proof of insurance. There are two reasons for this, one is, in a traffic stop, if you fail to inform the officer that your information is there and you open that glove compartment, the officer is going to see the gun. You’ve now set a potentially negative tone for this encounter. Also, if you forget your gun is in the vehicle, and leave it there. Guess where one of the first places a criminal is going to look for stuff? Yep, the glove compartment.
ONE THING WE CAN DO
Now that we have covered the do not list, let’s talk about something I agreed with:
Informing the officer if you are carrying.
I know many states say you have no duty to inform and I know many people will say “It’s none of their business.” That said, my experiences have been that informing generally helps to establish a tone for the stop. So, when I’m asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance, I generally include my carry license and explain to the officer that I have included it and that I am presently carrying a firearm. I may inform the officer before I get my information in case I need to reach anywhere near where the gun is. Whichever route I take, I always ask the officer how he would like to proceed. Folks, effective communication counts, on both sides. The side of the road is a shitty place to argue over your rights. Also, arguing with an officer may take a situation from a verbal warning to a guaranteed ticket.
That’s all I have for today. I’m sure someone will provide me with ammunition for tomorrow, pun fully intended.