I OC whenever the city/state I find myself in allows it. Now, I am looking into getting an OOS CCL from Florida but I will NOT be concealing my weapon. I am only getting the CCL so that I can OC in those cities/states that I find myself in that require you to have a CCL before you can OC.
As to the why?
First off, its our constitutional right. If I had the cash and the time, I would never do anything BUT OC and fight and city/state that wanted to take away my 2nd amendment right. The right to bear ones firearms in public was once a sign of a socially responsible gentleman and citizen, how its been twisted to now be percieved as something only police do with the addition of the hysterics some people find themselves in when confronted with a gun (gun does NOT equal criminal, but to some people it seems to, unless a police uniform is attatched to said gun) I do not know, but it is reprehensible.
Secondly, I OC so as to raise awareness as to guns in general. I remind anyone who finds themselves unconfortable about the gun on my hip or ask a question that pertains to WHY I carry said firearm that the percentage of people carrying is around 1 percent. That means that 1 out of every 100 people is carrying a firearm and wouldn't they rather see the weapon, see that it is not being waved in a threatening or angry manner, see that the person carrying the weapon is acting in a normal and safe manner, than look about you constantly wondering if the 1 out of 100 that you meet to day is someone who is concealing their weapon whether by permit or not? In other words, gentlemen and responsible citizens OC in my eyes, men and women who know their constitutional rights and will do their very best to keep everyones rights from being taken away from them.
The third reason pertains to comfort. I am not about to go out and purchase a new wardrobe of pants that are a size or two larger so that I can carry a holster and gun inside my waisteband, or so that I can carry across my thigh, not to mention the discomfort such carrying has for me. I find shoulder rigs unwieldy and I dislike the orientation of my gun in them. I suppose I could always wear a vest or something so that I can carry with my paddle holster and have my weapon concealed, but I do not wish to saddle myself with extra layers when I do not need to. OC is comfortable for my body type and it is the most natural way for me to carry.
Lastly, I OC because I truly believe that an armed society is a polite society. If personal anecdotes will count, I work at a business that is nest to a large lake and has three bars within walking distance. I get a large number of drunks of all ages who come into where I work to inquire about rooms (I am putting this mildly... I have seen way too many older women's breasts for one lifetime, older women who are hoping that seeing their breasts will get me to give them a discount). Now, I pay close attention to people and this past weekend I noticed clearly that my OCied firearm made everyone far more polite than they would have been. What was just seconds before cat-calling, cursing, and general 20-something drunkeness and attitude became polite young men and women sho attempted to stand up straighter, not weave so much in my presence, and were considerate. They actually minded no smoking signs. When asked a few times if I was a cop, and I responded with "Nope." their attitudes and politeness only changed even more for the better. Now, I do not know if they thought I was some sort of security or what, and, truthfully, trying to get them to understand was beyond their mental capacity due to their inebriated state.
So, those are the reasons I OC. I wish far more people OCied.