Staying safe while carrying your concealed weapon

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM EST
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It’s not uncommon for U.P. residents to have a concealed pistol license. Those firearms can be carried legally in a personal vehicle.

So, what should you do if you get stopped by police, have a CPL and a firearm in your vehicle? TV6 wanted to find out.

Carrying a concealed weapon means the person can carry a handgun in public in a concealed manner. You must also have a valid license.

In Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties, there are more than 3,000 residents with a concealed pistol license.

Police officers are trained to watch our hands, so when we’ve been pulled over, it’s recommended to keep our hands visible by keeping them on the steering wheel.

Next, immediately let the officer know that you have a concealed pistol license.

“If you are a CPl holder and you’re carrying a firearm, you’re required to inform us of that upon our contact with you,” said Michigan State Police Trooper Matt Djerf. “We may ask to see the CPL. We may ask where the firearm is.”

Make sure your firearm isn’t in a place that it can create an uncomfortable or life-threatening situation. That means on the floor, behind a car set and in between the car seat and cup holder.

“A weapon should be in our holster or a case,” said Drive America Instructor, Paul Dube. “It shouldn’t be loaded and it should be put somewhere that’s not readily accessible in your vehicle, like your trunk…”

“Officers say it’s not always best to keep it in your glove compartment. It’s an accessible location for the firearm, and it’s also where a person typically keeps registration papers. That’s something an officer typically asks for when you’re stopped.

For more information on CPL rules and regulations, visit the websites in our related links section.