If Open Carry outside of a vehicle at time of contact with an officer do you still need to notify them verbally that you are Licensed to Carry and currently armed by Texas Law? When I open carry it is obvious do to my slight build. I’m always apprehensive in telling an officer I am LTC and currently armed until they get through notifying me why they have made contact and or telling me what they want if it’s I’D or whatever, but I don’t want to be perceived as not notifying them promptly as required.
I live in the hot south and often am shirtless while on my property doing choirs etc. So my sidearm is obvious, especially with my slight frame. As well I may walk over to neighboring property while shirtless to chat it up some with friendlies when I have my weapon holstered on my hip.
Second question is if more than one officer shows up and they all seem to be making inquiries in to a concern they have or for a citizen complaint, do I need to notify each officer if I am carrying concealed or openly?
Reason I ask is 4 units showed up for a noise complaint due to my shooting some ice hockey pucks into my backstop designed for such. Some people just have negative perceptions of hockey and look to be offended. I was never asked for ID, but all questioned me and or made statements at some point. Should I by law inform each officer as they approached me and made inquiries or offered their input into the situation or what? All was okay, they were courteous and professional even though it was a bit unnerving to have four units show up on a simple noise complaint of which was the first time in 60 years of living in my home for such to occur.
Thanks for your input…
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