What You Need to Know When Getting Pulled Over

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With some concerns lately about tensions between the public and the police around the country, Newswatch 16 This Morning decided to find out more about what your rights are and what the rights of the police are in case you are ever pulled over.  Acting Chief Will Bilinski from Dickson City Police Department offered the following tips:

  • Pull off to the right side of the road as far as you can or into a parking lot.
  • Don't jump out of your vehicle because it puts police on guard.   Keep your hands on the steering wheel.
  • Although you have the right to remain silent, you do have to comply with identifying yourself (license, registration, insurance).

For more tips and information on your rights, head here .

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey has a look at your rights and the new technology that's helping police write tickets.



  • 8909ledge

    Dickson City PD? Now THAT is funny. This is the same group of shaved-head goons who violated the rights of a number of guys enjoying a get-together years ago at the Old County Buffet because they were LEGALLY open carrying their weapons.

    Pennsylvania has no “Duty to Inform” law, meaning it is no business of the shaved-head goon who pulled you over if you are carrying a weapon. Like another poster said, chances are said shaved-head goon will yank you out of the car, have you lay prone on the dirt, and “run” your gun’s serial number through an ILLEGAL database that PSP keeps. Your gun could have been obtained legally from a family member (with no record of sale), only to have the shaved- head goon confiscate (steal) it from you. If this happens to you, immediately file a stolen gun report with the PSP, and name the cop who stole it from you as the perp.

    Not all police officers are bad, and many are pro 4th amendment, but there are enough steroid pumped shaved-head goons out there to make all of them look bad.

    Anyone who takes advice from Dickson City needs to have their head examined.


    Do I have to register my firearms in Pennsylvania?
    No, in fact in Pennsylvania it is actually illegal for any government or police agency to keep a registry of firearms per 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4 (Registration of firearms). If you legally possess bring your firearms into the Pennsylvania or come into possession of the firearms legally, no further action is required.

    It should be noted however that all transfers of handguns in Pennsylvania are required to go through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) and as such the Pennsylvania State Police keep a “Sales Database” of all handguns purchased within the Commonwealth. While almost any casual observer can see that this database clearly violates the spirit of 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4 (Registration of firearms), in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with the Pennsylvania State Police that because the database is not a complete record of all handgun ownership (as people bringing handguns into the state do not have to register them), it does not.

  • Norman Vincent

    You mention concealed carry. The officer said you should tell when you are carrying, as a courtesy. There is no law stating you must inform. Many have informed as a courtesy and had their gun taken so they can run the numbers through the illegal database. Yes I said illegal database. At this point the gun may or may not be returned to you.

    Hey that is another story you could do. How the state police runs an illegal gun registration.

    • b

      Illegal or just you don’t want them finding your illegal gun. They have every right to run a gun that they believe may be illegal or if they believe someone doesn’t have the proper permits to own the gun. These police officers risk their lives every day trying to protect people and all they get for it is people like you who couldn’t care less about their lives.

      • kungfubarbeque (@middlefinger01)

        18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4. Registration of firearms.
        Notwithstanding any section of this chapter to the contrary, nothing in this chapter shall be construed
        to allow any government or law enforcement agency or any agent thereof to
        create, maintain or operate any registry of firearm ownership within this Commonwealth. For the
        purposes of this section only, the term “firearm” shall include any weapon that is designed
        to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or
        receiver of any such weapon.

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