Echo1 Operator wrote:
xxproto21xx wrote:a lot of criminals are now trying to make their guns look like toys
No, they aren't.
Ok. Let me put it to you like this unless you are on the street actually dealing with crime and actually know whats going on you can not comment on this by saying no they are not. I speak from personal experience, and convictions in criminal court. I highly doubt you can say anything near the same....
Echo1 Operator wrote:
You aren't required to tell a police officer about weapons in your vehicle. It's none of their business.
Actually you are supposed to. If you held a SC CWP ( Concealed weapons permit) you would know you are to state you have a firearm in the car, where its at, and do exactly what you are told to do for your safety.
I am all for the law abiding citizen to carry, and use firearms. The more of a hard time you give a law enforcement officer the worse off you will be. Ask any police officer. If you don't say you have a gun in the car and they see it you will have a gun pointing at you and possibly forced out of the car. Officer safety comes first. The more honest you are the better off it is for you.
Echo1 Operator wrote: Having guns in your car or refusing a search isn't PC.
Actually having a firearm in your car is enough in the City of Columbia. I have also made a state charge on someone for unlawful carry of a pistol. SC code of law 16-23-20. The city code is much more open on enforcement than state as well.
Yes you can refuse a search, and there is nothing wrong with that. Though doing it with a poor attitude can get you in trouble depending on where you are at. So if you do you need to be very VERY nice and professional to the officer. Telling him to F off, or some other type of lewd, boisterous, or fighting words can wind you in jail depending on the circumstances around it. Always be professional the incident location is NOT the place to argue. We have a court system for that reason. If you have been wronged there are many ways to get your justice in court.
buttontk wrote:and never think that the police officer is on your side.
Really man? The police are on your side unless you are doing an act which the state, or the city has deemed to be unlawful. Otherwise Police are on your side.
In all honesty If I see someone driving with full tac gear on, and I ask them if there is anything that could be a threat to my safety such as fire arms or knives in the car, and they tell me they have been playing paintball/ airsoft, and they do have items xyz in the car. As long as you are truthful, your explanation makes sense, and you don't have a warrant or something you will be given a warning( By law we have to give you a warning ( It doesn't have to be on paper by state law, but most departments require you to write one) even if it's a contact only warning ( meaning we just talked to you about it ) and sent on your way. Both you and the officer will have met each other conducted their business and left safely from the incident.
The LAST thing we want is more bad publicity to the sport because some moron decided to act stupid with his airsoft gun and got shot over it.
Miranda Rights specifically state that what you say "Can and Will be used AGAINST you in a court of law" Never for, only against.
This is true by miranda only, but we do have a legal obligation to put all evidence forward both positive and negative. The actual ruling name eludes me at the moment. I'm almost certain it outlines the name in a rule 5 request.
In the mean time, How do you know if any passengers with you are not carrying something illegal(Which you will be charged with) or if someone may have put something in your car.
I highly suggest you don't let people in your vehicle that do anything or associate with that type of stuff. Second you are responsible for anything that is in your vehicle regardless of if you know about it or not. As soon as you take a vehicle onto a public road you are agreeing that you will adhere to all the federal, state, and municipal codes. Some of which means you have to control all items in your possession in your car.
Tl:Dr Cops are NEVER your friends when it comes to a traffic stop, Never say anything, Never Admit anything, and above all else, ALWAYS refuse a warrant less search.
The best advice would be act professional, and don't try to be a 1 minute lawyer in these situations. Unless you study and enforce law on a daily basis you don't know it at all. No matter how much you think you do. Code of laws change on a daily basis, and so do the elements to the codes.
I am in no way trying to be a jerk, or belittle anyone. Giving bad advice when you clearly don't know what you are talking about doesn't help anyone this will lead to someone getting hurt or getting into trouble because of something ignorant someone said on the internet. Not every law enforcement officer is out to get you. In fact most would rather everything be very simple and send you on your way.
Unless you live in a really really bad place you probably wont get anything further than the ticket/warning for the violation you may have done. Most of the time officer will drop tickets if you talk to them after the fact and have corrected the issue. ( such as defective equipment, or car paperwork issues )
Here is also a bit of info. You can be taken to jail for any offense you do that it put on a blue uniform traffic ticket. So yes you can be taken to jail for a tail light being out. NO ONE ever does this though. I would expect if this happened and the officer couldn't articulate why it was so important to take someone to jail over a tail light the judge would drop the case and civil action could possibly be taken.
Next time you see a law enforcement officer rather than thinking he is out to only go after you tell him that you appreciate his hard work and thank him for putting his life on the line every day. You may find out 99.9% of cops really do like the general public, and that they would do anything to protect you.
Again not being a jerk. Just try to love and don't hate so much