Back in July I posted about your duty to notify during a traffic stop in North Carolina. I suggested, and still suggest, you notify at the first possible instance whether you are carrying a firearm or not.
So yesterday I am tooling through Charlotte and decide to right on red, a legal maneuver into the right lane as a car was traveling in the left lane. I safely made the turn and notice the car is actually an SUV with some blue writing on it. You can probably see where this is heading. The SUV slowed and dropped in behind me at which point it was clear the writing on the vehicle was P O L I C E. At that moment I knew I was going to be introduced to someone and sure enough the blue lights began to flash. I took my first opportunity at a right turn and pulled along the curb, shut off the engine and rolled down the window.
The officer approached and asked the standard, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” To which I replied no, but the second sentence out of my mouth was, “I have a concealed handgun permit, but there are no firearms in the vehicle.” He then asked where I was going, which I find to be absolutely none of his business, point A to point B should suffice, but I told him. After confirming my address on my license with me, he then gave me a 30 second lecture on how a car can change lanes. He was right of course and I will try to remember that point when I turn right if it is into traffic. He gave me my license and within about 2 minutes our meeting was over and I was merrily on my way.
I actually believe he had no grounds to give me a citation and there was another person on the left side of the car so I think he was training them and it was a good opportunity to do a safe traffic stop. We were not that far from a CMPD training facility at the time. What I noticed was his demeanor went from high alert to calm when I told him I had a CHP. After he heard it he even shrugged it off as if to say, no big deal, thank you for letting me know. I believe that notification diffused the situation and is the reason I was not cited in some fashion for right turn.
So be sure and notify if you have a CHP, it certainly cannot hurt!