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I was pulled over last night by the Kennesaw State University Police. Apparently, I had run a stop sign (I think I slowed down, looked for oncoming traffic, and did not make a complete stop - totally my fault). Anyways, after pulling over, I rolled down my window and placed both hands on my steering wheel. The Officer came up to my window and before he could say anything, I let him know that I was hearing impaired. He thanked me for letting him know, and told me the reason for the stop. I then said, I think, verbatim "Officer, I know Georgia is a 'no duty to inform State', but I think it is better for your safety and my safety to let you know I have a carry permit, and my gun is in my glove box". He thanked me for informing him and then asked if I needed to reach for the glove box to retrieve my license to which I said "No, my license is in my wallet, back right pocket" (The Officer was making an effort to be understood and to be clear). He then told me to get my license - I explained everything I was doing "I am putting my car in park, I am unbuckling my seat belt, I am now getting my wallet ... ' After handing him my license, he said it would take a few minutes.

He came back, and there was another Officer with him. He asked if I could step out of the vehicle, only because communication would be easier that way. I said 'Sure", and we walked to the rear of my car. He then explained the whole stop was on video, and that we were currently being filmed. He then explained the citation to me. After everything was explained, he then made a comment "Sir, I want to thank you for being so nice and polite and telling me right up front that you were armed and hearing impaired."

And that was that, now I have to pay the fine before August 16th. I guess no white privilege for me - dang!
 

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As aware on the road as I am, I am guilty of not coming to a complete stop at two stop signs on my daily commute. It's the rolling stop, see if anyone is coming, and go.

Something I will make an effort to overcome starting tomorrow.

I'm glad the encounter went well for you.
 

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I was pulled over last night by the Kennesaw State University Police. Apparently, I had run a stop sign (I think I slowed down, looked for oncoming traffic, and did not make a complete stop - totally my fault). Anyways, after pulling over, I rolled down my window and placed both hands on my steering wheel. The Officer came up to my window and before he could say anything, I let him know that I was hearing impaired. He thanked me for letting him know, and told me the reason for the stop. I then said, I think, verbatim "Officer, I know Georgia is a 'no duty to inform State', but I think it is better for your safety and my safety to let you know I have a carry permit, and my gun is in my glove box". He thanked me for informing him and then asked if I needed to reach for the glove box to retrieve my license to which I said "No, my license is in my wallet, back right pocket" (The Officer was making an effort to be understood and to be clear). He then told me to get my license - I explained everything I was doing "I am putting my car in park, I am unbuckling my seat belt, I am now getting my wallet ... ' After handing him my license, he said it would take a few minutes.

He came back, and there was another Officer with him. He asked if I could step out of the vehicle, only because communication would be easier that way. I said 'Sure", and we walked to the rear of my car. He then explained the whole stop was on video, and that we were currently being filmed. He then explained the citation to me. After everything was explained, he then made a comment "Sir, I want to thank you for being so nice and polite and telling me right up front that you were armed and hearing impaired."

And that was that, now I have to pay the fine before August 16th. I guess no white privilege for me - dang!
Just out of curiosity where were you that KSU Police had jurisdiction over you were you could have a firearm?
 

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I then said, I think, verbatim "Officer, I know Georgia is a 'no duty to inform State', but I think it is better for your safety and my safety to let you know I have a carry permit, and my gun is in my glove box".
 

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^ lol


I was curious so I looked up the intersection on Google Earth, and apparently, the bird's eye view shows absolutely no stop sign there, when in street view, a newer image appears and you can see them. The stop sign must be the newest revenue generator. I haven't noticed it before, and even asked the officer if he was sure one was there ... yes, I went back to double check after the citation, , and yes, one is there (actually 2).
 

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I was told by a detective not to tell cops about a gun in your car unless it is going to come in to play at some point.

Meaning, if it was in your GB, and so was your insurance card or registration.

Or you had it on your side and had to reach for your wallet.

But I'm glad it went well for you...sucks about the ticket though.
 

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I was very nervous, considering what happened in Minnesota. I am pretty sure the reason the driver was shot is because he was not communicating with the Officer when he reached for his wallet. That still does not justify the shooting whatsoever.

I am pretty sure if I told the officer I was armed then made a sudden move to reach for something, I would have gotten shot. Of course, I don't know this for sure.

the shooting in Minnesota was just tragic all around :(
 

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I was very nervous, considering what happened in Minnesota. I am pretty sure the reason the driver was shot is because he was not communicating with the Officer when he reached for his wallet. That still does not justify the shooting whatsoever.

I am pretty sure if I told the officer I was armed then made a sudden move to reach for something, I would have gotten shot. Of course, I don't know this for sure.

the shooting in Minnesota was just tragic all around :(
Smart.

I have made an effort to make sure my wallet is in my cup holder now when I'm in the car and I have moved my insurance card to the visor. No need to reach for anything in a compartment if I get stopped.
 

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The stepping out of the vehicle is where I would get concerned. I carry at 3:00, right where the seat belt buckle is and I'm always buckled. :-k
 

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The Officer saw my concern when he asked me to step out of the vehicle. He quickly said "You are ok, the only reason I am asking you to do this is because we can communicate more clearly, nothing is wrong".

He was very nice.
 

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The Officer saw my concern when he asked me to step out of the vehicle. He quickly said "You are ok, the only reason I am asking you to do this is because we can communicate more clearly, nothing is wrong".

He was very nice.
I tend to think that most LEOs do their best to be understanding and proceed accordingly. All parties are on edge with traffic stops (even moreso recently) so I think if BOTH parties do their best to keep things calm and communicate, then this ratchets down both sides. Of course, there are so assclown cops out there and dealing with them in an unruly fashion is a losing proposition.
 

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And that was that, now I have to pay the fine before August 16th. I guess no white privilege for me - dang!
White privilege worked for me, and had nothing to do with the fact I didnt act like an a$$hole when I got pulled over.

Driving from Savannah to upstate NY just before christmas, and just crossed the bridge from DC into Maryland, and a MD trooper just making the last u-turn to end up in my direction.

Put the lights on me and attempted to pull over to the right from the extreme left lane which was difficult with DC traffic. I pulled over eventually to the left shoulder as traffic allowed after getting had signals from the trooper to do so.

When I stopped, I shut the engine off, stopped the stereo from cranking and put both hands on the wheel.

When he approached the car and said something, I indicated I was going to lower the window. He told me he pulled me for excessive speed and he does not give out warnings, citations only.

I was not carrying weapons since I was going to Commieland NY, and he asked for my license. I told him my wallet was in the center console and I needed to open it. He told me to go ahead.I opened it and asked if he wanted to look in it first and he told me to do what I needed to do.

He wanted the registration, and I told him it was a rental car and the papers were in the driver door side pocket and he told me it was OK to get them out. Then he told me to sit tight while he went to write my citation.

When he returned, he handed back my documents. Then he tells me how he liked my demeanor how I acted during the stop by indicating/announcing all my moves, making him feel better about his safety. Then he tells me because of all of that he only was going to give me a written warning instead of a traffic citation.

He was a black trooper, and white privilege probably didnt work for me either; but not acting like an a$$hole when getting pulled over got me out of a ticket and maybe saved me from police brutality as well.
 
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