I started packing a gun in 1957. ( A kid still in high school) Yes, OC Utah unloaded. I carried everywhere except church, school, and work. Sometimes even at work, depending on what the current job was. At all times if it was not on my person, it was nearby in my car or truck.
I have only had a cc permit for about the last six years.
OK, in all that time, here are some things I have learned:
If you are cutting up and acting like a smart (censored), you are likely to get frowns from the people around you and likely a visit from a cop. Gun or no gun.
If you are treating people with respect and dignity and acting like a law abiding citizen, you are likely to get treated the same way. Gun or no gun!
The very fact that I had a gun never seemed to bother many people. Only one time did a cop ever approach me about it. He just wanted to chat mainly. Asked me a few questions about my understanding of the law and we talked about guns and shooting. Nice guy. (UHP) He was more interested in my gun education, than in hassling me.
Never has anyone yelled out, "Man With A Gun!" in panic.
I have had a long life and never have I had reason to fear for my life from the threat of another human being. We live in a great place, however, now and then some are not so lucky. Things can, and do, go bad. That is why I carry a gun.
Currently I carry mostly concealed, sometimes sloppily concealed, and sometimes open. Sometimes one in each mode. The difference now from the early days of carry are that I now carry, on person, everywhere it is legal to do so. It ticks me off I have to remove it to go to the post office and church. What's the big deal there? All the same people go to these places. Even the bad guys if so inclined, and I would think if I was a BG and picking a target, I would pick the unarmed one. Doesn't that make it riskier for us at church or the PO than the grocery store?