Well yesterday I recieved my first ever speeding ticket. Yeah, I'm sure I deserved it after 16 years of speeding. I have been pulled over before but never cited. So here is the story in full including the disarming which I must say I felt completely comfortable with and felt the office did it correctly, professionally and safely. I must also say that past discussion on what to do in this instance helped me immensely so thanks ucc.com!
A group of us had just finished golfing (I won) and I was driving down from the golf course with 1 passenger in my car. I came down a hill and was speeding (I guess). I saw a cop (Smithfield City) pulled of the right side of the road. I had a car in front of me. When I saw the cop, I tapped my breaks, looked at my speedometer, felt I was fine and simply drove past the cop. He immediately turned his lights on, and pulled me over. I kept my hand on the wheel where he could see them and the following is exactly what happened.
cop: Do you know why I pulled you over?
cop: Speeding. Do you know how fast you were going?
me: About 34.
cop: Actually you were going 37. Do you know what the speed limit is?
cop: Actually it is 25. I'm going to need to see your ID.
me: OK. I do need to tell you that I am a concealed firearm permit holder and I am carrying a gun.
cop: OK. Where is it?
me: (while obviously still keeping my hands on the wheel) On my left hip.
cop: Thanks. I'm going to need to have you step out of the car.
The cop took a few steps back and became more alert. He didn't reach for his gun or anything, he simply took a bit more of an alert stance. I got out of the car. I turned toward my car as I knew what he was going to do and I also knew what I wanted him to do
. I knew he was going to remove the gun and I wanted it to be as safe as possible. I put my hands on the car and at the same time he asked me to put my hands on the back of my head and told me he was going to remove my gun. I kept my hands on the car cause thats where they already where and by this point he was already removing my gun as he said he was going to do. He first lifted my shirt on the right side (not sure if he didn't realize I had already told him my left hip, or if he was simply checking the right side prior to removing the gun.) He then lifted my shirt on the left side and removed the gun from my Crossbreed Supertuck. My shirt was untucked cause I had just finished golfing. He then took a few steps back and I turned around. I watched him remove the magazine and open the slide and empty the chamber. He locked the slide back. (I was carrying my XD45 compact). He then asked me if my passenger was carrying a gun. I told him no I didn't think so. I removed my drivers license and CFP while standing by the car and handed them to him. He then told me I could get back in my car. He kept the gun in his hand (safely) and then after I got back in my car, he handed me the magazine and loose cartridge.
He then asked for my registration and proof of insurance. I gave them to him and he walked back to his police car. About 5 minutes later he came back and told me he was going to write me a ticket for 9 over. He handed me my ID, and paperwork back and asked me to sign the ticket. We talked for a minute as he gave me instructions on how to pay the ticket, etc. I thanked him for only writing the ticket at 9 over. He then handed me my gun and told me I was free to go. He walked back to his car. I reloaded my gun and put it back in my holster then drove off.
Below is a link to a great thread that is really the one that got me thinking on what to do in this situation.
This is the thread that really helped me. My last post in this thread was almost prophetic. After having the experience myself, I will saw I was completely comfortable with how the cop handled the situation and the way he disarmed me. I never felt insulted or unsafe in any way. He was courteous and professional and honestly didn't even act like it was that big of a deal.