If the person carrying the firearm was threatening, waiving the gun around, harassing, trespassing, causing a disturbance, or otherwise breaking the law, the officer can detain you and may inquire about your firearm and whether you may be legally carrying. See my article on Nov. 22 about “stop and frisk.” If probable cause exists that you have committed a crime, the officer can arrest you.
Keep in mind, even if you have not broken the law, a businessperson may desire you to leave because you are carrying a firearm and may request the officer to ask you to leave. In this case, it is a trespass issue, not a firearm issue. The officer will give you the opportunity to leave. If you refuse to leave, the officer can now arrest you for trespassing.
As always, the street is not the place to argue with an officer. If you believe that an officer acted inappropriately whether in attitude or legally, then you should contact the officer’s agency and speak to a supervisor, filing a complaint if you desire.
As for your handgun license, the law does not require you to carry your license on you while carrying a handgun.
Ask-the-Sheriff a question by emailing Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.