Good Day! I recently moved to the Columbus, OH area and have become an Ohio resident as of Thursday, 26 Oct. I possessed an Ill-Noise CCW license for the last few years (and was active in getting the law passed in that state), but as of 26 Oct, it became 'null and void'. Since then I have educated myself on the open carry laws of Ohio (messed up as they are.... ) and have open carried ever since. Last night I was shopping at the Canal Winchester Wally world and had my EDC openly carried on my hip. No one batted an eye, and no one ran screaming for the exits. I was in the store for approx. 1.5 hours and I can say with confidence that my firearm was noticeable. Once again, no problem what-so-ever. As I was meandering through the store, I had interactions with a good amount of the staff and quite a few other customers. I KNOW they noticed my firearm a few times - no problems at all. The young lady at the check-out did give it a second or two of eyeball time, but our polite conversation/banter never changed tone.
I am of the mind that the more we have our firearms in the open, the quicker the general populace will became accustomed to seeing them, and won't tend to automatically demonize their appearance. It's an educational thing - "Look, there's a person with a gun on their hip, no big deal", as opposed to "OH MY GOD HE'S GOT A GUN - RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!".
There is also a large element of the carrier's attitude and personability while carrying that affects the impression of OC'ers. If you walk around with the attitude of "Yep, here's my gun, I DARE you to question me!", then that attitude DOES show and will be seen as antagonistic by those you encounter. I am always one of the nicest/friendliest guy you will ever meet (whether armed or not). I engage folks in pleasant/humorous conversation wherever my day takes me. I help little old ladies cross the street and will give you the shirt off my back if needed. I say "Ma'am" and "Sir", "Please" and "Thank You", and I mean it. THAT is the impression of OC'ers that we need to present. We are just people, like everyone else.
I could go on and on, but I will have mercy on your souls for now.
By the way - My name is Mike. Nice to meet all of you!
Have an Outstanding Day!