When confronted with "Do you have firearms in your vehicle", can you counter that with "Is it OK to record our conversation?". This way, you are not being evasive... you are implying you might bring the case to the court, and use the recording as evidence. They will know that you are law-abiding and know how to defend your rights.
Based on the Cop's response "PO: When I ask you if you have any firearms it's for my survival. ", I think they are assuming you are the criminal. Putting myself in their shoes, I think "Do you mind if I record our conversation" is a good answer.
Edit: I think you can also reply with "I don't have loaded firearm", which is the truth... answers the question... and serves the cops "survival" mindset.
Last edited by BAGunner; 07-15-2010 at 3:55 PM..
Reason: Add 2nd thought