“Boynton Beach [Florida] resident Dolkens Bruno, 38, is a man with an idea,” sun-sentinel.com reports. “Moved to action by stories about young black men being shot by police, Bruno, an engineer by training and a construction worker by day, came up with the idea for a car-window sticker to alert police that the occupant has a concealed weapon inside.” As Ellen Folly sang, STOP RIGHT THERE!
Seriously? A sticker “alerting police” to a concealed weapon means . . . wait for it . . . the weapon isn’t concealed! Given the existence of “gun free zones,” and the necessity of leaving a gun in the car when entering same, it’s an open invitation to car thieves to break and enter and tool-up.
Of course, the same could be said for NRA stickers and variations on the Molon Labe theme. Anyway, Mr. Bruno’s scheme is more ambitious.
Bruno created his company, Carrier Shield, with that in mind. He wants to sell annual subscriptions for $79 to $99 to encode the driver’s license, registration and concealed weapons permit in a sticker to be placed on a windshield or car bumper.
“This way, when you are pulled over, if you own a gun the police are made aware of it,” he said. “If you reach, you may end up shot and dead.”
He said he believes alerting the cops ahead of time will reduce the anxiety between police and the public.
Yes, well, Florida CCW information is legally exempt from a public records request. So the scheme might not even be legal without new legislation. In any case, the database would have to be maintained by the police. That’s a problem, too.
His goal is to talk with local police departments to solicit their buy-in. He ran the idea by Boynton Beach District 3 City Commissioner Christina Romelus, who said she believes it may be a workable idea, but difficult to obtain buy-in from local police departments.
“Anything that allows for a smoother interaction between police officers and the public during a traffic stop will be a positive step in the right direction,” she said. “If it promotes transparency and dialogue, it’s a good idea.”
However, Eric Davis, a 30-year police veteran and spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, is not so sure.
“Knowing there’s a gun in the vehicle – that’s not going to make me relax,” he said. “What will make me relax is having the subject comply with my directions.”
And if all that isn’t enough to make you think the sticker idea sucks, Officer Davis points out that the sticker could be on a stolen vehicle or on a car on loan to someone else. Not to mention the fact Floridians can carry a gun in their vehicle without a CCW permit.
Bottom line: Mr Bruno’s desire to reduce the “tension” between police and the general public would be better served by educating people on the best way to react during a traffic stop or other police interaction.