The laws on concealed carry may vary slightly from state to state but overall be nice to police because there's no reason to make the officer nervous during a traffic stop.

The video below is great. In it, you'll find some very basic ideas of what to do and especially what not to do during a traffic stop when you are carrying a concealed firearm.

I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it, in the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, you are required by law to inform an officer that you are a licensed concealed carrier and show them your driver's license and carry permit, if they are different, as the officer approaches your vehicle window, in other words before the officer asks.

But do not show the officer your gun!

Do not do anything that might make the officer nervous. Be polite, keep your hands where he or she can see them at all times. Be polite, even if you think you've been stopped in error, be kind and respectful. Remember, the officer doesn't have a clue how great a person you are, and the way things have been lately you should expect him or her to be a little jumpy. Don't make it worse. Did I mention to be polite?

Don't step out of the vehicle unless you are asked to do so.

The principles discussed in the video are pretty universal and very informative. Remember the golden rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.

One more time. Be polite.

Some of this information came from an article on