Sorry if this has been covered previously. I did a search with no results. This blog entry... http://ncguns.blogspot.com/2011/11/michael-you-are-wrong-wrong-wrong.html ... suggests that motorists in NC who are traveling with a firearm and get stopped by an officer, should notify the officer of their permit and weapon, as required by law, but if the officer decides to retain the weapon for the duration of the stop, the motorist should politely "decline," because that's not required by the law. I've seen discussions here where some of you think it's silly to take a pistol from a CCW holder, and others firmly believe it's a serious officer safety issue and will always demand to be in control of any firearms at their stops. I'm not asking your personal policy on this matter, but I'd love to hear from some officers who DO demand to retain the firearm in these cases. What happens when you stop this guy or anyone else who refuses to hand it over? How far do you escalate this? What laws or policies guide your actions? Let's assume there are no other variables aside from the reason he was stopped, and let's say that it's speeding (8 or 10 over) and there are no further warning signs about this person and he's otherwise being polite and respectful, and not one of these "I pay your salary" type a-holes. Many thanks in advance for your input on this.