In this unbelievable video, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper tells a motorist she’s stopped that he cannot carry a loaded pistol on his person or in his vehicle — even though he has a valid a concealed carry license.
The magazine must be removed from the weapon, and the weapon cannot be accessible, the trooper states, an assertion that is incorrect.
The motorist, a bodyguard who has a A, C, and G licenses, politely tries to educate the trooper on the law, but she doesn’t want to hear it.
“That’s what we’ve been told,” the trooper says on the video.
Not only is this complete fiction and a complete misrepresentation of Florida Statutes, there’s also some very, very unsafe gun handling by the trooper, who could have easily had a negligent discharge.
The tipster who sent me a link wishes to remain anonymous, but has my deepest gratitude.
The motorist who was stopped, Sean Williams, a licensed bodyguard for All American Investigations, LLC, said he was driving on I-75 between Naples and Sarasota last year when he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
He’s not sure of the actual reason for the stop.
“It was most likely a Wolfpack operation,” he told me Wednesday. “They either got me for 79 mph or for my window tint.
Williams rolled down his windows when the trooper approached. He had a pistol on his hip and one in the glove box.
“I told her up front I was armed,” he said. “She told me I needed to step out to let her get my weapons, which I wasn’t happy about. She said she had to do this when a person is armed.”
The trooper took the pistol out of his hip holster and from his glove box.
“When she came back, that’s when I started to video tape,” Williams said. “I knew she already told me one thing that wasn’t true — that I can’t have loaded weapons or loaded magazines.”
The trooper tried clearing his .45, but left a hollow-point in the chamber, when she handed the pistols back.
She really made the situation more dangerous,” he said. “She was very polite and very nice, so I didn’t push anything. Law enforcement needs more training. I knew the law better than she did.”
The Florida Highway Patrol responded, although their message was somewhat confused.
The first email from FHP chief spokeswoman Capt. Nancy Rasmussen states: “Thank you Mr. Williams for bringing this to our attention. The Patrol will ensure the trooper receives the correct information on the state’s concealed carry laws.”
Fourteen minutes later, Capt. Rasmussen sent a second message, which reads, “As it turns out, that trooper in the video no longer works for the Florida Highway Patrol. She resigned in December 2013.”
I asked the captain for more information about the circumstances of the trooper’s resignation. Rasmussen said the trooper resigned for “personal reasons.”