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What To Do If You Are Pulled Over With A Firearm In Your Vehicle

Getting pulled over is nerve-racking enough. When you have a gun in your car, it can create that much more tension. In Texas, since it is legal to carry a firearm in your vehicle without a permit if you are over the age of 21, you should be aware of what to do in the event that you are pulled over. 

Remain Calm

The first and most important step is to remain calm. Getting pulled over is stressful. So, it is important to control your breathing and keep a level head. Before the officer walks to your vehicle, you should retrieve your driver’s license, insurance information and, if applicable, your LTC. As the officer walks to the vehicle, your hands should be on the steering wheel. This keeps your hands in plain sight and, with a firearm in the vehicle, it is imperative to do so. Any quick movements are always a bad idea so remember to move slowly and deliberately to keep yourself safe.

Be Honest

Disclose that you have a firearm in the vehicle. Use good judgment when disclosing this information as it is probably unwise to say “I have a gun.” Instead, say something along the lines of 

Officer, I want to inform you that I have a firearm located ______. What would you like me to do going further?” 

The officer may ask you to show him where the firearm is located, he may ask you to retrieve it, or he may let you keep it in its current location.

If the officer lets you keep the weapon in its place, remember not to make any sudden movements. The officer is now aware of a firearm in the vehicle so any quick movements will not be taken lightly.

If the officer asks you to hand the weapon to him, it is important to ask for detailed instructions. As the officer calls out instructions, repeat them back as you complete the action. i.e. “I am opening my center console.” If at any point you are unsure of the officer’s instructions, ask for clarification.

Although it complies with Texas Penal Code 42.2 (a-1) to not disclose that you have a firearm in your car if it is hidden from view, it is generally a good idea to inform a police officer of any weapons in your vehicle to keep both you and the officer safe. 

Call A-EZ Out Bail Bonds

If you are pulled over and arrested for any firearm related crime, you will not want to spend any more time in custody than you have to. A-EZ Out Bail Bonds is available around the clock. Our bondsmen will get working on your case as soon as you call. We know the ins and outs of the justice system, which can speed up the release process. Our team keeps your information completely confidential– we are a team you can trust. Whether you committed a misdemeanor or a felony, contact us for bond services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Call (214) 749-5600 or send us a message on our online form!

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