Updated Arizona drivers manual includes tips for gun owners
By Jennifer Cruz
In an effort to avoid potentially deadly confrontations with police officers during traffic stops, an updated version of the Arizona driver’s manual includes instructions and tips for drivers carrying firearms.
Although drivers manuals in several states include how to handle traffic stops and other interactions with law enforcement, as the Associated Press noted, it appears Arizona is the first state to offer tips specifically aimed at gun owners.
The Arizona Driver License Manual outlines the proper procedure for pulling over and interacting with law enforcement officers, as well as what drivers can expect from an officer during a traffic stop. According to the manual, drivers are expected to comply with the law enforcement officer’s orders, and failure or refusal to do so is a violation of the law and may result in arrest.
In addition to general safety guidelines to follow during traffic stops, the manual states gun owners should keep their hands clearly visible on the steering wheel and immediately notify the officer that they have a firearm and inform the officer where the weapon is located in the vehicle. The manual also notes that, for safety reasons, the officer may take possession of the weapon throughout the remainder of the traffic