Why honestly would anyone want to open carry? I see it here in Colorado...and sometimes at Wal-Mart. Get a CC license. Its just stupid to walk around trying to look like John Wayne. But make it illegal to do so...absolutely not. Blowing your nose isnt illegal but its gross to see someone do it onto the sidewalk at the bus stop. Same thing w/ firearm open carry at the grocery store. There is just no need for it when you can get a license to carry concealed. I dont want to look at your 1911 and neither does anyone else.
Not everyone that OC or CC's for that matter is a John Wayne wannabe. I'll guarantee you I've seen a couple OC'ers that fit that bill when they first come to OCDO but they are the exception and not the rule and most eventually see the error of their ways. I've also heard a large number of CC'ers claim that they want the tactical advantage in a gunfight as if they hope
to be in one and play the hero. (IMHO that
is more "John Wayne" than just OC'ing a gun. And far more dangerous.)
The best way to survive a gunfight is to not be in one, while at the same time being acutely aware and prepared for one. For me, OC does that far better than CC ever could. It keeps BG's away because 99 44/100% of the time criminals fear responsible citizens with guns.
When I walk down the street nicely dressed with my family or in a mall, store or restaurant, not only am I keeping BG's away, but I'm breaking the stereotype that the Brady Bunch would have the rest of America believe that only BG's have guns.
For me, OC is the ultimate BG repellent!