Carrying concealed while behind the wheel

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Seeing the red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror is nerve racking. But imagine walking up to a car not knowing if they have a firearm or not.

The Nebraska State Patrol has a way to keep you and them out of harms way.

"I would recommend you just basically have your hands on the steering wheel, and immediately with upon contact with law enforcement, let them know you are carry and conceal and you do have a permit," said Dean Riedel, a sergeant at the NSP.

By law, those who have a permit and are carrying must have a valid driver's license on them at all times. And letting officers know that you are carrying is all about the way you say it.

Because hearing the word gun can make anyone feel uncomfortable.

"We explain to the students, choose your words carefully. Don't look at the officer and say, I got a gun. They're going to have heard one word, so we tell them, 'You know officer, just so you know, I'm a concealed carry permit holder and I'm carrying,'" said Chris Zeeb, a conceal and carry instructor.

Nebraska state law says that a permit holder has to inform officers immediately after being stopped. And if you don't, you could be looking at a hefty fine and even jail time.

"You can be fined, you can be sent to jail, your permit can be confiscated and you can lose some of your rights when it comes to that," said Sgt. Riedel.

That's not the only way you can be put in the back of a cop car when carrying concealed. One alcoholic drink can have you looking at a class three misdemeanor.

"A conceal carry permit holder, you cannot carry a concealed handgun with any alcohol or concealed substances or previously consumed alcohol or control substances in your blood, urine, or breath," said Zeeb.

That's behind the wheel or not.