I'm new to both this site and to carrying. I just recently received my carry permit and have done more concealed carry than open. I usually open carry when out camping/fishing/hunting. I need to become more comfortable in open carry about town though. I would prefer open carry because it just feels more comfortable using an OWB for me. I been looking, but really haven't seen anyone open carrying here in Phoenix. Maybe I just don't get out enough!!
I too wish they would change the restaurant carry law here, sure is a pain. As for any organizations that help promote legislation, you can take a look at the Arizona Citizens Defense League. It seems like they have helped get some favorable laws passed. The web site is http://www.azcdl.org/index.html.