It's funny, I have more over-the-top reactions in rural areas than in urban areas. It may be because in a rural setting someone feels safer saying something than in an urban setting, but I certainly wouldn't offer that as any kind of fact.
Once I was hunting near Concrete. It was muzzlelaoder season, and at the time you could only carry a cap & ball pistol if muzzleloader hunting. So I had my Ruger Old Army. I walked into the grocery store in town just as an elderly lady came out with the bag boy pushing her cart of groceries. She saw the ROA and shouted "He's got a gun!" The bag boy just rolled his eyes....
I thought it was funny. She overreacted "hoplophobically"
Most times it's pretty simple exchanges, but now and then there's someone who won't/can't be reasoned with.