A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were driving down US 69 through Oklahoma on our way back to DFW after a family vacation in Branson. My wife was driving, and I was in the passenger seat (yes, it's an important part of the story). My M&P9c was in the passenger side door next to me (completely hidden from sight).
As we were passing through one of the numerous zones where the speed limit drops from 65 to 45 in a matter of a few hundred yards
, my wife (and the general flow of traffic) was a little slow on the braking and we ended being the one Mr. Policeman singled out for a ticket. I knew that OK has reciprocity with TX, so I wasn't concerned about the legality of having my gun, castle laws aside. What I was not
entirely sure about, though, was whether or not it would be better for me to present my CHL to the officer when he approached the car to ask my wife for her license and proof of insurance. I'll admit that I had failed to read up on the proper legal procedure for that in OK since (extremely poor excuse warning) I've not gotten a speeding ticket in almost 10 years. Since I drive most of the time, it didn't really enter my mind.
Since I didn't have enough time to jump on my phone and look up the applicable laws, I decided to go what I thought would be the safe route and show the officer my CHL. He took my license, asked me if I had a weapon in the car and where it was, then handed my license back to me and said, "Ok, that's good enough."
That was it. He gave my wife the citation and we were free to go. No getting out of the car, no asking for the weapon, etc. So, let me ask all of you who read this a question: Was it necessary (or simply advisable, or not
advisable) for me to show my CHL to the officer in this situation?