I say giving permission to search is subjective to the situation. If you have an ZAP
cop, you may want to let search (if you have nothing illegal) so that you do n ot further irritate him/her and wind up with more "trouble" on your hands. However, i am a firm believer in the "why" and "no" rule as well.
Secondly, you should feel somewhat "lucky" in that If i or any citizen in my neck of the woods were to have a loaded firearm in his/her lap when pulled over alot worse then separating bullets and return would happen, unfortunately!
That being said, being that is not the law in your area, give the pd a call and explain it. You might not get far, or you might get the sarg to go over proper procedure during the next mornings briefing...
Lets not avoid the language filters - GEM - thanks