How should cops handle pulling someone over who's in possession of a weapon?


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The death of Philando Castile enraged many Americans.

The question that people have is, if you get pulled over and you tell the officer you have a gun in your vehicle, how should the situation be handled?

Hattiesburg Police Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler said, “One of the things I’m going to ask them to do and most of our officers around the state of Mississippi is going to do the same thing, and that’s going to be to try and separate them from that weapon. Ask them to step out and come out to you. And sometimes, we may as the officer ask you ‘let me remove it from you, let me finish the traffic stop and you can get your weapon back.’”

Cooperation and not having an attitude is important.

One thing that might prevent any tension during a traffic stop is to have your driver’s license and registration out with you with both hands on the steering wheel before the officer shows up to your car window.

Jeramy Smith said, “If you got a problem, on the side of the road is not where to take care of it.”

“If the driver is uncooperative, that makes things a lot more tense and could go a different direction. Even if they don’t agree with what’s going on at the traffic stop, there is a different time and a different place to have that discussion with the proper people,” said Traxler.

If you feel you have wrongfully been pulled over, you can go to court to handle it.

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