Caught Carrying a Gun Without a Permit? Here’s What to Do
With your conceal-and-carry permit, you are legally entitled to take your firearm with you when you leave the house. Of course you remember to carry your permit along with your firearm.
But not today. Today you forgot.
Perhaps you were in even more of a hurry than normal, were under an unusual amount of stress, or simply had a lot on your mind. But whatever it was, you and your firearm went cruising down the road while your permit sat at home.
And to make matters worse, there’s a blue light flashing in your rear-view mirror.
What to Do?
Much depends on where you live or what state you’re traveling through. For instance, if you’re pulled over in Texas, you must immediately tell the officer that you’re carrying. And in Texas and many other states, your permit is linked to your driver’s license or state ID card.
If this is the case, then it may be best to be upfront and honest with the officer about having forgotten your permit, even if you’re in a state that doesn’t require you to let the officer know you’re carrying. This may save you a lot of trouble, as law enforcement officers detest being lied to and usually appreciate being told the truth, especially when it comes to lethal weapons.
Be respectful, even if you think the officer is being rude to you. Remember that, after all, you did forget your permit.
Being honest and respectful can go a long way toward making a bad situation better, or at least not making it any worse.
If you realize you’ve forgotten your permit and don’t want to be confronted by the law, here’s what you can do.
Unload your firearm and store it in the trunk of your car, locked glove box, or some other area where you cannot readily access it. Drive carefully back to where you left your permit, so there is no reason to be pulled over. If you do get stopped, you should be protected under the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA).