I get what you aresaying I really do, but none the less there are lawful ways that firearm could have been there. There is no maybe in
(2)(a) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and: (i) The pistol is on the licensee's person, (ii) the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or (iii) the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.
If the Cop did not see her place the firearm in the vehicle and she was not carrying it how can he develop PC or RAS that she was committing a crime. The law is clear she was not carrying the firearm and he did not see her place it in the car. You and several others seem to hung up on a loaded firearm in the car that in its self is not unlawful unless she placed it there or was carrying it.
The charge has to be carrying a loaded weapon in the car or placing it there since the Cop did not see her place it there asnd she waas not carrying the loaded forearm no crime occurred, how can he in good conscious effect an arrest? All of this is assuming the woman does not admit to placing the loaded forearm in the car or in some other way say something that gives the Cop PC or RAS for the arrest. The mere presence of the loaded firearm is not unlawful in and of its self.
A person shall not CARRY OR PLACE......
Shes carrying the gun....
Carry gun in vehicle... No license.... Illegal....
So... Is the loaded gun in the vehicle?..... Check.
Does she have license?......no..... Check.
So PC..... She opens box.. Ta da gun in plain sight. Hey lady give me that gun... Sees its loaded.... Hey lady do u have CPL? No..... Ok.... A reasonable person can believe we have a person with no CPL and a loaded gun....
Like I said navylcdr already covered this pretty well.
Now wait for it... SHOULD the guy arrest or cite her? IMHO no. But he certainly can.
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