If you carry a gun in your car, some practical advice, don’t flip the bird!
The collective experience of our members has taught us that often all it takes to get arrested, and possibly charged with a crime, is the mere allegation from another driver that they believed someone might have had a firearm during a traffic altercation.
There have been numerous occasions where our members have been involved in a traffic incident (i.e., both drivers flipping each other off), and the other driver (sometimes in fits of rage and paranoia) calls 911.
This driver then proceeds to make vague allegations and speculation. For example: “He pointed something that looked like a gun!”, “She put an object on the dashboard to intimidate me!”, or “I think they may have a gun!”
To make matters worse, 911 operators often ask leading questions, possibly resulting in even more inaccuracies when the report is transmitted to the police (remember the information the police officer often has to initially work with on the scene can be inaccurate, incomplete, or just plain wrong).
As a matter of standard procedure, the police will often be dispatched. In our experience, if the police pull someone over under these circumstances and the driver does in fact have a legal firearm in their possession after this exchange of “roadway pleasantries,” they will very often be arrested with little or no evidence.
If you have a gun, keep your cool. We have seen cases that were clearly incidents of people overreacting, calling 911 and conveying false allegations. But the falsity of these allegations can only be shown after an investigation, lots of grief, and involvement in the criminal justice system.
These types of 911 calls can result in an arrest for what amounted to bad manners. Our legal system can be far from perfect. So, our message is simple: Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into the legal system just because you got angry in traffic. If you carry a gun, don’t flip the bird!
It can happen to you. Even if you have done nothing wrong, the legal fees of such an incident can skyrocket into the tens of thousands of dollars. That is why over 80,000 smart Texas gun owners have chosen to invest in Texas Law Shield’s Firearms Legal Defense Program.
The Texas Law Shield Team
P.S. No matter how good a driver you are, you can be the victim of someone’s road rage. Don’t let someone else’s road rage cost you thousands of dollars. Get protected! Ask me how to get Texas Law Shield.