No problem with open carry here. Haven't heard of any recent stories of someone legally licensed for open carry going nuts and shooting everyone. I have seen law enforcement officers with attitudes that concerned me much more.
I've seen in campgrounds and, like you, it makes me uncomfortable. Correctly or not, I get the feeling there is something juvenile and off center about someone openly displaying a defensive firearm in public places.
Didn't take the effort to look at the trucks' plates to determine where the rig or owner was from. We were just passing thru.
I'm guessing it was a mobile RV person since the area around the rig looked pretty clear of clutter. I know that doesn't mean a darn thing, but it wasn't like there were bulky lawn chairs or big propane tanks outside of the rig that would require a lot of effort to pick up and move down the road.
Last summer a fellow boon docker on Public lands came over to us and asked if we had seen his dog. He was wearing a side arm and it had me thinking a bit. I don't think I had ever seen that before. But it did not bother me the least, and as matter of fact, I felt more at ease of my surroundings than before.
I conceal carry, have for years. I see no reason for anyone to open carry even in the states that allow it. Conceal carry is for my own protection and I see no reason to advertise to anyone I do so. It is a personal thing for me. I am disabled and could be taken advantage of if not armed.
I especially do not condone open carry in a family environment. Most open carry holsters do not have the same safety features built into them as Police Officers holsters have, therefore, anyone (adult or child) could pull the gun out of the holster, even if it was just as a prank. If done, it could be dropped and go off hurting some innocent bystanders. Way too risky in my opinion.
I have only had to display my conceal carry gun one time at a gas station where a guy with a knife demanded some money. I just pulled it out, didn't even point it at him and he dropped the knife and ran away. I took the knife into the gas store and asked the person there to dispose of it.
I know if I was open carrying the guy probably would not have even tried to get money from me but I do not think that is any reason for open carry.
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John, in Michigan you are also allowed to open carry, but in the 45 years that I've lived here I've never seen anyone carry a handgun exposed. There is an open-carry group that intentionally goes armed in public, just to create awareness of the law since most people still think that it's illegal. They've never had an incident except for a few that were created by anti-gun people who have challenged them. The anti-gun people always lose because the law permits it.
I personally don't care if someone carries an exposed firearm since these are not the people who go out and hold up convenience stores, but I do question the value of it. If someone knows that YOU are armed, but you don't know that THEY are, who's got the advantage? Better to keep the handgun concealed and leave it as a surprise if needed, in my opinion.