COLUMBUS, Ga.- Under the law, a Georgia weapons license holder may carry a weapon or gun openly or concealed in any location that is not off limits.
So what does that mean when you’re pulled over by a Police Officer?
Shooters of Columbus says they’ve seen a significant increase in sales this year.
News 3 spoke with several employees to find out why they’ve recently gotten their conceal and carry permits.
“I believe that it’s important for anybody and everybody to go ahead and get their conceal and carry permit because you never know if you’re going to want to purchase a gun, but you want to be able to carry the gun if you’re going to purchase it,” said Christine Burke.
Jon McMullen, the Owner of Shooters of Columbus attributes the increase in sales to the high crime numbers in our area.
McMullen said, “When someone is kicking in your door in the middle of the day, there has been numerous people that have been surprised when someone is knocking their back door off and there is actually somebody home.”
August Ohaeri, has had his conceal and carry permit for years and he tells us what he does when approached by an officer.
“If you get pulled over you don’t have to say anything because you just hand them your driver’s license and your carry license,” said Ohaeri.
Randy Robertson, President of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police says to remain calm.
“Pull over to a safe area and Let the windows down in your vehicle and place your hands on the steering wheel,” said Robertson.
Robertson also says you should notify the officer that you have a gun in the car.
“It’s greatly appreciated and it avoids any opportunities for misunderstanding or miscommunications, should the weapon be exposed inadvertently during the stop,” said Robertson.
The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police say if you feel like your routine traffic stop wasn’t handled in a professional manner you should contact your local police department immediately.