Brian sends us this video of Joel Smith who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon when he was pulled over by Citrus County, Florida deputy Alan Cox. After showing the officer his license and registration, he puts his wallet in his hip pocket and the officer sees his weapon and goes ballistic;
When the case went to court, the prosecutor wouldn’t press charges because he didn’t think the jury would prosecute. Yeah, I guess not since Smith was legally carrying his weapon and not brandishing it.
That’s why my concealed carry permit is with my driver’s license, so if I get stopped for something by the authorities, I can hand over both so they can see that I have a weapon and I’m within my legal rights to carry it, without giving them time to wonder about me. And I don’t have to say the word “gun” in case there’s a rookie cop on the other side of the car with his itchy trigger finger.
Yes, the officer in this case was wrong. I can understand cuffing Smith until he can prove that he’s legally carrying a gun concealed, but arresting him and letting it get to the prosecutor was a misstep. I’m sure there was something else going on in Citrus County that day which needed more attention than Joel Smith. But Mr Smith should have handed the officer his permit with his license to preclude the drama he got to participate in that day.
Deputy Cox is currently on suspension according to the news report while the Sheriff’s Office investigates his actions that day.