Open carry laws have little regard for their effect on third parties, i.e,, the vast majority of people who go about their daily business without feeling compelled to have a gun strapped to their hip. The laws allowing open carry assure citizens that gun-carrying people must be licensed, that felons and mentally disturbed individuals are prohibited from openly displaying weapons. So if I see a person carrying a gun in public, how do I know he is licensed, that he is not a felon or mentally ill? Am I to assume that the gunperson is following the law? Do I even know if the person has the training to handle the weapon in case they do witness a crime being committed?
Any idiot can procure a gun and any idiot can shoot it. How many innocent people will be shot to death because some “hero” decides to play Dirty Harry? Accordingly, I pledge to call the police every time I encounter a private citizen carrying a gun in the open, I will expect the police to ascertain whether the person is qualified to carry the gun. The gun carriers say they have a right to bear arms. I have the right to go out in public without feeling terrorized.