To answer Allison Frost's question: In a properly educated society, it would never be considered confrontational to open carry a pistol as long as there was no additional threatening behavior. These behaviors might include verbal threats, especially when combined with drawing the pistol from its holster, but either one, in the right circumstances would be sufficient.
I referred to a properly educated society because we don't have one right now. Newspapers and televison, whether meaning to or not, have created an impression among many that only a criminal would have a gun. The fact is that criminals almost never open carry as it would make no tactical sense. They lie in wait to surprise their victim but wish to appear innocuous until that moment.
The flip side of that is the legally armed citizen, whose first concern is personal defense. By carrying openly he defines who he is for all to see. One of the behaviors he learns is to be in "condition yellow" whenever he's out and about. This is a state of alertness whereby he is aware of his surroundings but isn't alarmed. To be aware of his surroundings he must look at people, must he not? Therefore, looking at people is not threatening behavior.
An additional purpose to open carry is education. When people see a person open carrying they can accept it as legal, ask the person if it is indeed legal, or call the cops. In the last two cases they will be educated. Can the cops being called be annoying to the legally armed citizen? Not usually. Occasionally we run into cops who don't know the law but they can be educated too.
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