Interacting with Police
Suppose you are a concealed carry licensee in North Carolina and interact with a police officer on the sidewalk. In that case, there are specific steps you should take to ensure a safe and smooth encounter.
First and foremost, it is essential to remain calm and comply with the officer’s requests. When an officer approaches you, you should follow their instructions and answer their questions truthfully. If you are asked for identification, you should provide your driver’s license or other government-issued identification and your concealed carry permit if you have one.
If you are carrying a firearm, you must let the officer know as soon as possible. In North Carolina, it is not required to inform an officer that you are carrying a concealed firearm unless you are asked directly, but it is generally considered good practice to do so. When informing the officer that you are carrying a firearm, it is vital to do so in a non-threatening manner and to follow the officer’s instructions on how to safely handle the firearm.
If you are stopped while driving, you should remain in your vehicle unless the officer instructs you to do otherwise. If you are asked to exit the vehicle, you should do so slowly and follow the officer’s instructions.
It is also important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. You should exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney if you are arrested or detained.
The common law reason for these interactions is based on the principle of respect for authority and the importance of maintaining order and safety in society. Police officers are responsible for enforcing the laws and maintaining public safety. Citizens need to cooperate with them to ensure they can carry out their duties effectively.
The history of these interactions can be traced back to the earliest forms of organized societies, where rulers or leaders were responsible for maintaining order and enforcing the laws. As societies evolved, the role of law enforcement became more formalized, and the concept of respect for authority became more ingrained in the legal system. Today, the principle of respect for authority is reflected in laws and practices that require citizens to cooperate with law enforcement officers and follow their instructions.