[RussP Note: I am reopening this thread and posting another post by jbrdbr111xxx. Okay, lets see how we can help the OP.] I was recently driving to the store to get my wife something as she was very sick and just had surgery. I received a call where she was telling me she may need to go to the ER. I decided instead of driving and talking on the phone, that I would pull over in the local grocery store parking lot to take the call. I was there for literally 2-3 minutes and then a city cop raced through the parking lot like a bat out of hell, blew past me then turned around and pulled in the spot behind me, threw his spotlights on me and came to my window. I asked him "What seems to be the trouble officer?" He - "Oh so it's like that, you jumping asking me right away?" Me - "No sir was just wondering why you are approaching my car" He - "You better give me your driver's license" Me - "Yes sir, I have a legally registered handgun on my right hip open carry and my wallet is on the same side" He - "Okay, ID!" Me -"Here you go officer *hands him ID*" He -"Stay right here, *walks to his car for about 30-45 seconds* " He -" Do you have any weapons, drugs, or other items I should know about?" Me- "No sir I do not do drugs and have nothing illegal on me, and the only weapon is the handgun I just told you about on my right hip" He -"Step out of the car now!" Me- "Yes sir, I'm buckled in and the button is on the same side as my gun, may I reach in that direction slowly?" He - "HAND WHERE I CAN SEE THEM NOW! GET OUT OF THE CAR!!" Me -" Yes sir, I am trying but I need to unbuckle to get out and you're not allowing my hands to go down so either you can allow me to unbuckle or you may reach in and do so." (I finally get "allowed" to unbuckle myself) He - *grabs me and throws me up against the side of my car* "YOU'RE UNDER ARREST!" Me - "Officer but for what, I've done nothing wrong" He - "I'm arresting you for carrying a concealed gun!" Me - "But officer, the handgun is not only legally mine and I am allowed to own it, but it was open carry on my right hip, clearly visible, so I don't see how you consider that concealed" He - "You need a concealed permit to even carry a handgun" Me -"Officer that would be only for concealed weapons, I had a permit for purchase but as you know I had to give it to the gun shop that I purchased it from" A second cop pulls up, grabs me and tosses me in his car, and through the window I see the arresting cop messing with my gun, then proceeding to go through my car. (I had nothing to hide, but I don't even see how that was legal without my consent to do) I was taken to get fingerprints, sent to the magistrate and the magistrate even swore that "YOU MUST HAVE A CONCEALED CARRY TO EVEN OWN A HANDGUN." I told him calmly that that was not true and that if he would please look at the NC laws for such that he would see I've been telling the truth. Anyway, I was sent to jail on a $500 (secured) bond, which was crappy as I had no money. My wife as bad off sick after her surgery as she was, got a cab to where our only car was last left by the cops, got in and came to the courthouse to post our food money for bail. I NEVER even received to this day a receipt to show they have my weapon, yet the police won't tell me if they have it or not, and when I told them I wanted my gun back, they told me no and that I needed a judge or DA to file an order of release for my handgun. I've NEVER been convicted of anything, I'm always a legal- law abiding citizen and Always showed respect to officers, etc. I feel like my rights were destroyed, this happened just over 2 weeks ago, I'm not able to afford an attorney, and I'm really stressed as we already live in a bad area, our car was broken into, our home was attempted to break into and we've even had drug dealers make a transaction in our front yard, we need our protection and I want my rights! Any ideas on what I can do, who I can contact, etc?? Please help!!