So, I had my very first experience with open carry in Pittsburgh. Starting Thursday night and going through Sunday, I walked around with a firearm strapped to my hip and covered by... air. For the first few hours I was paranoid, looking over my shoulder for the police to come tackle me. After a while, though, it wore off, and I started to enjoy it. I mean, really enjoy it. Like, to the point of being disappointed today when I had to lock the guns away for the trip home.
One of the things I noticed was that when I did decide to conceal (going into a restaurant where I wasn't certain what their policy was), I was a thousand times more at ease with carrying. I tossed a loose-fitting polo shirt on over my T-shirt and Flatjack holster, and didn't worry once about printing or exposing my holster accidentally. Knowing that open carry is perfectly legal made concealed carry much easier. Having experienced it, I can understand why folks are so passionate about keeping open carry legal or working towards making it legal.
My reservations about open carry arise from my current location - if, for some strange reason, an overzealous police officer were to overreact to a "man with a gun" call, it could prove disastrous for me should my town's police chief be notified (I have no idea what the procedure is). He may decide that I am "unsuitable" for a permit and revoke my MA LTC, resulting in a world of hurt for me. Were I a resident of free America, there would be no legal consequences for open carry as long as I obey the law - which I have every intention of doing...
Open carry - who knew it could be this simple?
That is all.