I would've thought that officers would prefer that hands stay in sight until they can approach the vehicle and then have the individual vocalize that they have a firearm on themselves, the location, and note that they have a CCL? My dilemma would be that I carry a wallet in my left front pocket and my firearm is at 2 o'clock usually. To access either I'd have to unlatch the seatbelt which could be a potential issue.If I get stopped I roll my window down get my Drivers license and LTC out have them in my left hand with both hands on the steering wheel and wait for instructions. I don't say a word unless I need to.[/QUOTE
+1. Good way to handle it. When I made traffic stops and was informed the driver was armed, I would instruct him to keep his hands on the steering wheel and inform me where the weapons was in the vehicle. During my initial contact with the driver a backup unit would arrive and I would have them watch the driver while I ran a license and wants/warrants check. If the license was ok and there were no outstanding warrants on the driver I would either issue a citation for violation or if it was something minor, a verbal warning. I felt it was safer to have the driver leave the weapon where it was rather that handling it. Out dispatchers were very good about running the vehicle tag we gave and would advise us if there was anything suspicious or wants on the tag or owner before we made the stop.