I live in New Mexico where it is legal to open carry. I have not done so yet. I am enrolled for training to get my CCW permit in December. After I accomplish that I intend to conceal carry. I am into metal detecting and plan to spend some time out on the desert treasure hunting. I am into amateur astronomy too. So there will be all-nighters with the telescope out in the deep dark places on the desert as well. For that reason, I will open carry to protect agin critters and such. So I can see myself doing open carry in public if I have to run errands or whatever while I am pursuing my hobbies and interests. Full disclosure: I am originally from New Mexico but recently moved back out here from occupied Kalifornia. I ended up in California after I separated from the USAF back in the day to pursue employment with ATT where I spent 20 years as a technician. And that state has the most draconian gun laws as everyone knows. I owned pistols and long guns most of the time I lived there. But most people looked down on it. So you tend to lay low and hang out with people that share your interests in firearms kinda in a covert way. Makes you feel sneaky and feel like your doing something wrong from time to time, when you are constantly being told by "the enlightened ones" that owning guns is bad. Kinda beats you down. I didn't like that much at all! Over time I got tired of debating with em. So I kept my "evil interests" to myself LOL. I am so glad to be back in New Mexico where I have the liberty and right to open and/or conceal carry. New Mexico is a shall issue state. I am going to fully embrace my legal 2nd amendment rights while I live here. Till they chuck me in the clay. Breath of fresh air in more ways than one let me tell ya.