No one is perfect. It’s not inconceivable that, even as a law-abiding citizen, you might get pulled over some day. If you’re a responsibly armed American, you probably have some questions about how to handle that. Tom Grieve, former state prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, will address your questions in the latest “Ask an Attorney” video.

What Should I Do If I’m Pulled Over While Carrying My Firearm?

There are two opposing views on what you should do during a traffic stop. Some will tell you to notify the officer immediately that you have a firearm and to hand over your permit with your license. Others say that it’s not the police officer’s business unless he or she makes it so.

One isn’t necessarily better than the other. You should do whichever you’re more comfortable with … with a catch. Some states do require, by law, that you notify an officer that you’re carrying. Be sure to check the laws where you live and where you’re traveling to … or be prepared to accept the consequences.

About Tom Grieve

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC, which is now one of the largest criminal-defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal-defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

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