It's been discussed here a few times and there are those who think the gun holstered on your hip is fine, while others believe on your hip can be construed as concealed. Let's say you have a pickup truck that is lifted with big mud tires. You have your gun on the passenger seat in full view. The cop comes to your door, but your vehicle is lifted high enough that he can't see down into the cabin. Is that considered concealed? Same thing with it being on your hip, cop may not be able to see it from his vantage point but it's openly carried and visible from another vantage point. I personally wouldn't leave a gun on the passenger seat as I'd rather not have a 3lb missle flying around the cabin if I have to take emergency maneuvers or invovled in an accident.