Originally Posted by dakota.potts
...I was just curious what would happen if, for instance, the cop had reached inside to collect my license for a report (as happened) and seen the pistol on my hip. How the simple act of open carry might have changed an already complicated experience....
Yes it might have. But reading your posts let me suggest the next steps in your firearms education you might want to consider could most properly include some serious training to help you understand (1) how to use good judgment assessing situations; (2) how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations; and (3) how to recognize a genuine threat.
Being fixated on having a gun won't help you. On the other hand, Vanya, Buzzcook and Plumbnut have offered some good advice you could profitably pay attention to.