Is open carry smart, depending on location?
Hi everyone, hoping to get some knowledgeable advice. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and am considering open carry, as I am not yet old enough to conceal carry. Just to get this out of the way, I’ll be 18 within the next few months, and plan on taking extensive firearms training and safety courses. I don’t want a firearm in order to project myself or appear “tough” or show off. Merely because it is my right, it would make it easier to protect my girlfriend when I am out with her, and because I believe in responsible gun ownership. For those living out of state, Arizona allows 18-21 to open carry without a permit and 21+ to conceal carry.
My question is, for those living in the Phoenix area, will open carry be received well, or am I likely to be harassed by those who don’t share our view of guns? I’m well aware that carrying concealed is usually the preferred choice, but that option isn’t available to me. Also, I know image plays a large part in how you’re perceived; I always have a clean cut appearance and take pride in making a good impression, so looking intimidating or “sketchy” won’t be an issue. Thank you to anyone who can provide some insight and help me reach a decision.
Source: USA Carry