1) We have had CCW in Illinois for over a year now, and I have not heard of a single law enforcement interaction that has been less than friendly.
2) Despite the dire warnings about LEOs "targeting" CCW licensees by license plate, there has been no evidence to support this. Even if this were the case, the rampant rumors before licenses were issued that LEOs would disarm licensees and prone them out on the ground while running their license have also proven to be...ahem...overblown.
3) I can tell you from all of the stories I have heard, including my own two interactions since I have had a license, after disclosing your FCCL and telling the officer where your defensive firearm is, it seems much more likely that the officer will thank you for telling him and let you off with a warning. I have lived in this state for all of my 41 years, and the only time I have ever been let off with a warning on a traffic stop was about three months ago, after telling the officer about my license and following his instructions.
4) As for running a drivers license potentially bringing up the FCCL....in other breaking news, dogs are furry, grass is green, and those white things up in the sky? Those are called "clouds".
Exactly ^this^. My friend and I both speculate that I received a "warning" instead of a "real ticket" because the officer knew I had a CCL. So if anything, having a CCL may render the exact OPPOSITE outcome many around here have expected. And rather than turning your 'average stop' into a "felony stop", you may actually just get a warning. Because the officer already knows you have a CCL, which does mean you're a "good guy", other than whatever petty little thing he has you pulled over for. If you do wind up laying on the ground like an airplane, THEN the officer is a rabid anti (or you deserve it).
The FCCL is linked to the DL, not the Registration. If the DL is linked to the Registration (and not all are), when the Registration is run, the DL comes back with the Registration. If the DL is not linked to the Registration it does not come back. That being said, it is not that difficult to find the registered owner(s) through Soundex.
Also, from an Officer Safety point of view, everyone is armed until proven otherwise. Even then, there is always at least one firearm present in every single LEO encounter.
I was thinking more about this since the last time I registered a vehicle the person helping me literally made me enter my DL info for the registration. Not that I am 100% against it (other than the fact that I was "made" to), but I also figure it really wouldn't matter anyway because the officer will know sooner or later anyway. May very well still know before the first time he/she approaches you. It wouldn't be hard for an officer to punch in your tag, get the results, even if the registration doesn't have DL, it's not like he can't get your DL# from your NAME, and STILL know all this before he ever leaves his car to approach you for the first time.
So my thoughts or $0.02 are, if you think the officer doesn't know just because you don't have your DL on your registration - you have another thing comin'. Or if by the off-chance they really don't figure that out until AFTER you hand them your license and they get back to their car to run it, now it's a surprise to them (which as outlined in other places around here, some people [officers] may not really like that - even if they're "pro 2A").
So my thoughts are, you SHOULD want and have your DL# attached to your registration. At least now I'm actually glad mine is. So now I do know for a fact any officer running my plate or pulling me over knows I have a CCL. As such it's my current "standard operative procedure" to not preemptively notify (because he/she already knows). If they ask, of course I have to then discuss, per IL law. If they don't bring it up though, it's an indication to me that they do not even care. Now, if I'm driving a vehicle not registered to me, then I will preemptively notify just so it doesn't come as a surprise when they run my DL/ID when they return to their car after having already had brief interaction with me. Respect given, is respect earned.
~ Licensed to carry since 2008
~ IL CCL 75 days from application to in hand!
~ I'm not the "bad guy" here, I just want to be able to defend myself and my family. Anywhere I should be permitted to carry a pencil (1st amendment), I should also be able to carry a firearm (2nd amendment) !!!!!!!!!!
"Why do I carry a handgun? Well, look at it this way -- I keep a fire extinguisher in my house. I don't expect to have a fire; indeed, it's highly unlikely. But in the unlikely event of fire, not having the means to stop the fire could result in serious property loss or personal injury to myself and my family. Neither do I expect to be a victim of violent crime; indeed, it's highly unlikely. But in the unlikely event of a violent crime, not having the means to stop the criminal could lead to serious property loss or personal injury to myself and my family. It is simply a matter of common-sense prudence."
Drawing any line only restricts law abiding people from crossing such a line. The "line" doesn't exist for criminals so we have to support the second amendment.
"The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good man with a gun"