As someone who has a concealed carry permit, you probably don't worry about carrying your firearms with you in your car. However, you might be a bit concerned about how the situation will go if you get pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Luckily, following these tips can help ensure that the situation goes as smoothly as possible.

Keep Your Permit Close at Hand

First of all, as you already know, it's important to keep your concealed carry permit with you anytime that you are carrying a firearm. Making sure that your permit is close at hand is important in case you need to show it to a law enforcement officer. For example, you might want to keep it in the same place that you keep your vehicle registration and your insurance card.

Let the Law Enforcement Officer Know About Your Firearm

As soon as you can do so, it's smart to tell the law enforcement officer who pulls you over that you do have a concealed carry permit and that you are carrying a firearm. Say it in a calm manner so that the officer does not perceive what you are saying as a threat. Also, make sure that you let the officer know where any firearms might be located on your person or in the vehicle. The officer might ask you to disable the firearm or may remove the firearm himself or herself temporarily. Complying with the officer's request is a good way to ensure that he or she feels as comfortable and safe as possible.

Keep Your Hands in Plain Sight

Even though you might know that you will not cause any harm to a law enforcement officer, it is important not to do anything that will make him, or her feel uncomfortable. If you reach in your vehicle, the officer might think that you are reaching for your gun. Keeping your hands up and in clear sight or on your steering wheel will help the officer feel more comfortable. Then, he or she may give you permission to reach for your documents.

If you have a concealed carry permit, there is nothing wrong with carrying your firearm around with you for personal protection purposes. However, it is important to be careful when you get pulled over both for your safety and for the comfort of the law enforcement officer. Luckily, following these tips can help. To learn more, contact a company like DSGARMS