The Gun Guy
Stopped by police with a gun in the car - now what?
With more and more Hoosiers buying guns and obtaining a License to Carry Handgun, police are encountering an increased number of citizens who are legally carrying firearms in public -- including drivers who have a gun in the car during a traffic stop. These encounters have the potential to end tragically if a misunderstanding arises - and Constitutional rights are involved. For this reason, it is critically important for both police and members of the public to know how to react if an officer pulls over a car and the driver is armed.
Unlike many states, there is no legal obligation in Indiana for a driver to inform a police officer that the person is armed or that there is a gun in the car during a traffic stop. However, it may be smart to do so - depending on the circumstances.
On Saturday, "The Gun Guy," Guy Relford, was joined by former Indiana State Trooper Tami Watson, now of the Watson-Chambers Defense Institute in Columbus, and IMPD attorney and instructor Mike Daley to discuss the best way for both citizens and police officers to conduct themselves when a person is stopped by the police while in possession of a gun.
Guy and his guests also discussed the legal issues involved when police are called to investigate a person who is simply carrying a gun in public. A podcast of the full show can be heard here (just scroll down to the show for September 17, 2016).
The Gun Guy with Guy Relford airs every Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Trooper Tami Watson (ret.)
Officer Mike Daley, IMPD
Guy A. Relford is a Second Amendment attorney in Carmel, Indiana. He is also the owner and chief instructor of Tactical Firearms Training, LLC in Indianapolis and the author of “Gun Safety & Cleaning for Dummies” (Wiley & Sons Publications, 2012). He hosts “The Gun Guy with Guy Relford” on WIBC radio in Indianapolis, Saturdays 5:00 to 7:00 pm.