Originally Posted by Brian McIlmoyle
BAD ADVICE ..
it is a simple inquiry .. and warrants a simple response.
Anyone who holds to the belief that a firearm is not a weapon from the perception of police is fooling themselves.
Obfuscating with lawful questions of police will do nothing but provide probable cause for a legal search while you sit on the curb handcuffed.
The Correct answer is I have no firearms in the vehicle.
When the officer asks whats in the case?
Again a direct answer. An airsoft gun.
When the inevitable "Can I see it?" gets asked .. The answer is again Direct.
And you will find yourself on your way in minutes, after having educated a police officer about airsoft guns.. No call to a lawyer is required..or necessary
Of course you can tell them to "stuff it" and to get a warrant.. and you can wait on the roadside for 3 hours while they do that.. it is your right.
i would never tell cops what i have in the trunk even when guns are presents , unbagged , on my way to the range even when guns can clearly be seen in the back of my station wagon. i have been stopped that way for speeding. the thing is im not doing anything wrong (besides speeding ofcuz) for processing the guns. i dont have to provide them with info of what i have in the car. if they ask if you have weapons in the car, i would say no. non of the objects in the car are weapons tho ALL of them COULD be use as a weapon. if they ask nicely, i would say im taking my guns to the shooting range. thats that.
i dont need to give up my rights and let the cops think they have higher power . at the end of the day if they cuff me and search my car. they cant seize any of my stuff because everything is legally own and transported. having a baseball bat as a " weapon" is worse than having legally owned fire arm and air rifles which arnt weapons unless i use them as such .
but then thats only if the cops want to be hard asses. they do usually send you on your way after they take a good look at you.