My name is James and I have been open carrying in Lynchburg for about a year and a half now. I work nightshift on the weekends and do errands around town during the day. This gives me the opportunity to OC during all times of the day.
I have not had very many issues with police here in lburg. Any run-ins I have had were very short and polite. Most of the time the officer will ask me if I have a CCW and I respond with "I don't need one" (although I have one).
As far as residents of Lynchburg go. Most are fine and will just stare and or ignore you. On a weekly basis I frequent wards road Sheetz, Walmart and Hess gas station.
Sheetz customers have given me more problems than the employees.
Walmart has asked me and a buddy (who was also OCing) to leave, but when we explained that it was legal for us to carry and we were not trying to cause trouble, they were fine about it. I have personally never been kicked out of any businesses in the Lynchburg area, but a few buddies of mine have been kicked out of Madison Heights Walmart.
The best advice that I can give you is to be polite and know the law. You would be surprised how many people in Lynchburg will go right up to you and ask you about your gun. This presents a great opportunity to inform them about the law.
If you ever see a tall bearded Arab looking guy open carrying a semi-auto, feel free to say hi (see profile picture for reference)!
Good luck OCing and stay safe,