Welcome to the forum Raines...I'm also new here and have found the same down here in the south...I feel like I'm the only one who open carries, but I do it anyway. I know it's not the case however and so I encourage you, like I am, to spread the word, invite other carriers and help make open carry the norm! Look forward to hearing of some of your experiences!
And if you are close enough to Spokane...hop over and say hi to the open carry guys!
OC meeting this Saturday 9-11-10, 9 AM at donut Parade 2152 N Hamilton Spokane Wa