Anyone who’s manned the counter at a fast food restaurant or worked in any kind of retail establishment can tell you how difficult it can be dealing with the public. And they’re just slinging hash or selling shoes. Throw in drugs, alcohol, stupidity and the potential for a night (or more) in jail and the intensity can quickly get turned up to eleven. We have some (richly deserved) fun at the expense of police officers here from time to time. But my guess is the vast majority of TTAG regulars have a healthy respect LEOs and the job they do. So put yourself in the average cop’s shoes, trying to guess if the guy he’s dealing with is armed . . .
Police officers – the smart ones, at least – have always assumed anyone they deal with is armed. With gun rights moving in the right direction nationwide, more of the people cops come in contact with are now law abiding CCW holders.
Ron Avery, former police officer and owner of the Practical Shooting Academy, is very much pro-CCW. Avery [above] offers some suggestions for guys on the beat, helping them recognize and deal with legal pistol packers.
The fun part: some of the clues he uses to separate legal carriers from the ne’er do wells. In addition to some of the obvious demeanor characteristics (courtesy, eye contact), some tip-offs he looks for among the good guys are:
- Tactical clothing (5.11 or similar cargo pants)
- Tactical carry vests – or what RF likes to call ‘shoot-me-first’ vests
- A good folding knife, flashlight or both
- Oakley shades
- Outerwear in hot weather
- A holster (someone please tell Plaxico Burress)
- Gun not concealed in hood of a sweatshirt (!)
- Pants pulled up – always a nice touch
Is it just me or do you feel like you’ve been watched, too? Avery makes the point that CCW carriers see themselves as the good guys. They don’t expect to be spread-eagled – or as he calls it “proned out” – and tend to get a little miffed when they are.
You probably heard this in your CCW qualifying class, but there are some common sense things you’ll want to do if you have a lead food and are stopped by the local constabulary. 1) Turn the car off 2) Put your wallet or ID and CCW license on the dash (so you don’t need to reach behind you) and 3) keep your hands on the wheel where the LEO can see them at all times.
Why not make your life (and the cop’s) a lot less stressful? Unless you enjoy being proned out in the breakdown lane at gunpoint.