I'm Carrying a Gun and Here Comes a Cop - What Do I Do?

HELPFUL TIPS FROM MTPD FOR PERSONS STOPPED BY THE POLICE WHILE CARRYING FIREARMS

Pennsylvania has a specific law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a firearm in a concealed manner.  Concealed carry of a firearm includes being carried inside of a vehicle.  We often get asked what a person is to do if they are stopped by the police while lawfully carrying a firearm. 

The best way to tell a police officer that you are armed is to immediately state that you have a firearm.  Keep your hands where they can be seen while keeping them away from the firearm.  Inform the police officer about the location and condition of the gun and also state if you have a permit or not.  

If in a vehicle, keep both hands upon the wheel and tell the officer about your firearm.  Be sure to not make sudden movements or reach for documents prior to the officer approaching.  

Sharing this information up front will keep the officer informed and both of you safe.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us