I had my first notification since getting my CHL in April 2006 last month. I was at Smith Park in Delaware around 3 am attempting to get some pics of the Leonid meteor shower when a Delaware County Deputy pulled into the lot. I was not able to identify the vehicle as an LEO due to the high beams in my face. He was in the vehicle for close to a minute and then exited. I gave a questioning "hello?" to him as he started walking towards me, he responded hello, but I did not identify him as a deputy until he was quite close, maybe 10 feet from me, when he asked me if everything was alright. I answered "Oh hello officer, yes everything is fine" but before I could say more he asked if the car I was standing near (the only car in the lot) was mine. I replied "Yes and I am required to inform you that I have a concealed handgun license and I am currently armed." This probably happened within the first 30 to 45 seconds after he exited his vehicle. He said that was fine and thanked me for notifying, then he inquired why I was at the park so late. I pointed to my camera equipment and said I was trying to get some meteor pictures. A little small talk occurred, maybe a minute but no more than 2 minutes worth. He then asked for my driver's license, I asked if it was OK to reach for my wallet, he said yes. I produced my DL, he never asked for my CHL, he radioed it in, I can't remember all that was conveyed in the response back but I did hear my name and CCW come from the radio.
He handed my license back, wished me good luck with the photos (didn't help, no success) and told me to stay safe. All in all, from the time he pulled up to the time he got back into his vehicle no more than 7 to 9 minutes passed.
On a side note, about 15 minutes before the deputy arrived, 2 men walked out of the woods and through the lot I was in. They didn't hide their presence, I heard them talking well before I saw them in the dark. However, as soon as I heard them, I drew my revolver and held it in my coat pocket. They never approached or acknowledged me and I watched them walk away into the darkness. They ended up across the street and got into a pickup parked at a farm house and drove away. I am not sure what they were doing in the woods. But afterwards I wondered if they had called the sheriff.
Anyway, when the deputy pulled up I still had my firearm in my coat pocket and, thinking it might be the 2 guys from the woods, I did have my hand on it. As soon as I saw he was a LEO, I slowly pulled my hands out of my pockets. That was the most uncomfortable part of the entire interaction for me. I knew I needed to get my hand away from my firearm but I wasn't sure if I should have waited for him to ask to see my hands. I decided it best not to wait. Over all it was not a bad encounter. The Deputy was very professional and polite, as was I.
Ignorant or Stupid, I'm not sure which is worse. If someone were stupid, at least they'd have an excuse for all the dumb things they say.
Pass the Peace Pipe I need another hit
IANAL and neither are most people on this board, its just shows more with some than others.