I've noticed that davidmcbeth has some severe distain for LEOs. I just had to say that I'm a municipal LEO in CT, and while I understand many of your grievances, please know that not all LEOs are as bad as you make them out to be. I totally understand that there are plenty of cops who have a complex, but there are just as many, if not more, that are reasonable and understanding people.
As to the whole open carry issue, when I came on the job 6 years ago, I had no idea that CT was an open carry state, mainly because it was never taught in the academy. Even in the firearms section taught by state police they never talked about open carry. When I hit the street, from word of mouth, I understood that a displayed weapon in any way was a breach of peace arrest.
I only learned about the CT open carry laws about 2 years ago because my wife took the permit class, and she told me that the instructor talked at length about CTs open carry law. I started asking around the department and found a mix of officers knowledge of the proper laws. I think within the last two years, I have been encountering more and more LEOs who are now aware of the law, and I think its getting around.
So my point is, give us a little break. It's really not personal, it's truly a lack of training issue. We only know what we are taught.
On a personal note, I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment, and I fully personally support and would advocate open carry. I've been considering doing it myself off-duty (sans badge displayed.)