Sometimes it seems to come off in the media that the media and police don't respect the laws though.
For the most part I think the police are ok with it, at least in the northeast. The media is just the media - they say and report whatever will sell papers and make people watch and react. Such is a free press.
I linked the story in another thread, but back when they cut funding for the sheriff's department a county judge in Ashtabula actually said in a press release for county residents to get armed up.