Today, 08:16 PM
Depends on where you are. For example, this morning I was at the area where the 6' culvert washed away in Elkview. A Kanawha deputy was there and so was Joe Manchin. I had my sidearm with me, openly. Nobody, including Manchin (surprised me, actually), gave it a second look and I was standing not 10 feet away from the Senator from West Virginia.
You all know I am no fan of police and why, but I have to give breaks where due even for them. With the exception of Beckley, the police in WV are among the WAY cooler. They are not nervous around people with guns, typically... at all, and many will tell you that they are glad to see people carrying. I was at a community garden on the shitty West End of Charleston 2 weeks ago and a cop pulled up, asked if we'd seen a guy who'd been involved in an "altercation". He looked at my sidearm and said he was glad I had it because the person in question was something of bad news, and I can tell you that for a pint-sized city, there are some dangerous assholes in Charleston.
Compare with the ultra-twitchy cops in places like OH, NJ, NY, CA, and Ill-Annoy. Not all LEOs are complete assholes, which does not mitigate the wretchedness of that which they are called upon to do: enforce "law" that stands in gross and egregious violation of human rights. But I will not go 100% condemning them all as humans... only 99%. :)