There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for a civilian to carry openly in the populated public. There just isnt.
That is a conclusion
. I'm not going to say that it is illogical, but I have seen no evidence to support it.
I live in a state where OC is not currently authorized, and I strongly believe that should be changed. I'm not saying I would OC, as I would not do so regularly, but I would support the rights of others who would.
And there is something to be said for the statement "Those who do not exercise their rights soon lose them". I firmly believe that average citizens seeing fellow law-abiding citizens carrying, every day, with no ensuing mayhem, would be a positive influence in the day-to-day lives of Mr. and Mrs. Average Citizen. Might take a while, might take a few MWAG calls, but I believe it would be a net positive.
Please note that this is a conclusion as well, and I might be wrong...but I don't think so.