As many here already know, I open carry on a daily basis.
As I'm either fishing or shooting on any given day, I open carry my carry gun every day.
As I'm used to it from other states and I'm very comfortable with open carry, it's become a non-event, at least for me.
I have not had any MWAG calls made to the police nor have I been stopped by the local PD since about April of this year. The results of that stop are posted up in another forum but the outcome was basically, "have a nice day sir" and continue on your way still open carrying.
There is a perception that comes into play here. Everyone becomes very aware that they're carrying a gun when they open carry. Once you get over that initial uncomfortable feeling that you're about to be stopped by every LEO within range, it's actually quite easy.
Know the law and be prepared to explain your actions. It's as simple as that.
Most people go out of their way to avoid any police interaction of any type. I'm no different. However, I don't let that get in the way of legally carrying my weapon openly. It's all in the perception.
Most civilians (non gun owners) think you're either a cop, detective or some other kind of "authority" figure. It's the way we've all been brought up because nobody actually sees weapons on anyone other than police!
Once that perception changes, and seeing normal people carrying legal sidearms becomes more common place, the fear that almost everyone has when doing something "out of the ordinary" with thier handgun slowly goes away.
Hey, when I first started out, I was very self concious of carrying a full sized auto so I carried my PPK for a month or so as it didn't look nearly as "large" as the short barrel .45 I carry now.
This is the part of the conversation where several people will jump in and say "you're just being macho or showing off" or some other nonsense. Nope, I open carry because I can, it's normal for me and I don't even think about it now. It's about the same as somebody's cell phone on their belt. (And not nearly as annoying in a restaurant.)
If I'm headed out to my fishing dock, I"m open carrying. When I ride to the shooting range, I"m open carrying both ways. Remember, this isn't in a car, it's on a motorcycle so I'm not concealing anything!
I think if more people would just get out and actually open carry their favorite gun the next time they go fishing, they would see that the world doesn't end and you won't have to hide your gun in your pants or your pocket.
OK, I'm way off the subject matter here so obviously my vote was for Open Carry!