I've OC'd in all the area Meijer Stores with no problem.Â* By the same token, I'm not jumping around going 'look at me, look at me!!
I asked my 16yo (at the time) daughter walk about 4 paces behind me and had her note how many people even were aware I was carrying... she was amazed at the low number.
I'll catch heck for this... but what the hey...
I strongly believe that how a person presents themselves while open carrying is a determining factor in whether or not the open carrying is accepted.. or even noticed.
A well dressed and well groomed man/woman behaving in a confident respectable and responsible manner draws less attention and is more likely to be unnoticed or simply accepted, gun and all, than a person who appears scruffy (I understand about being scruffy due to work... that is not what I'm talking about) or outlandish in manner of dress and grooming.
Should it be that way? Of course not... manner of dress or grooming do not, by themselves, make a person less respectable or responsible... but it does give the appearance of not being those things.
And, like it or not, people being people and wired as people... people make judgments based upon appearance. People most certainly do "judge a book by it's cover".
I'm not suggesting anything to anyone.... nor am I coming down on anyone.... just pointing out a facet of human nature. A facet that, if understood and capitalized on, can help further the acceptance of OC.... or impact OC, and the person OC'ing, in a negative way.