On Tuesday, May 16, the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 142. Sponsored by state Representative Scott Wiggam (R-1), HB 142 would remove the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, like a routine traffic stop. Please contact members of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee and urge them to support HB 142!
Under current law, when a concealed handgun licensee comes into contact with a law enforcement officer the individual must immediately inform the law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun. Failure to inform law enforcement would result in a misdemeanor.
By eliminating this requirement, HB 142 is acknowledging a simple human behavior; when pulled over, most individuals are not thinking about the “duty to inform” requirement. Most are contemplating what particular driving action may have resulted in their detainment, whether it be for speeding or another type of moving violation. To add another element in the “traffic stop” process for the driver is confusing at best and may result in an unintended criminal penalty and an additional fine.
Again, please contact members of the committee and urge them to support HB 142.