When they make a traffic stop, will they know from the computer response that a driver might be carrying (legally)?
While the deputy might "assume" that the driver is carrying, if there is a computer code that pops up, the best he can know is that the Owner of the vehicle is the licensed carrier. What he can't tell as he stops the vehicle is whether the Owner is the driver.
At the Sheriff's Department there are what are known as General Orders. These are the "Rules of the Road" for deputies in the conduct of their duties.
So, let's say that a deputy stops a driver and asks for the driver's license. Will the deputy ask every driver if he has a concealed carry license and if he is armed?
Will a prudent and law-abiding driver with a concealed carry license offer his CC license and inform the officer that he lawfully has a concealed weapon?
Will that instantly cause a deputy to feel in danger? Read this General Order.
Through MCSO General Order #2.0.00-IV-A the Department gives the deputy a right to frisk a person, under specific circumstances.
Does this cause you, the law-abiding citizen, a degree of concern and worry?
"1. Pursuant to Illinois Compiled Statutes, 725 ILCS 5/108-1.01, a deputy may frisk an individual for weapons, if the deputy has stopped a person for temporary questioning and reasonably suspects that the deputy or another is in danger of attack. (CALEA 1.2.4.b)
- The authority to search for and seize weapons is for the limited purpose of
allowing a deputy to protect him or her and others from attack.
- If the deputy discovers a weapon, he or she may take it until the
completion of the questioning, at which time he or she shall take the
appropriate lawful action, which may include, but not be limited to either
returning the weapon, if lawfully possessed, or arresting the person so
- The authority is clearly not for the purpose of searching for and seizing
evidence, although during the course of a frisk, evidence may, on occasion
be discovered and become the basis for an arrest.
- The deputy must be able to articulate some reason for suspecting that he or she or another is in danger. This may include reliance upon the training, education, and experience of the deputy, in addition to the situation encountered."