Actually open carry is not all that uncommon here in VA, and I have never had a police officer question my carrying of a pistol when done openly. That said I have a CHP here in VA so I mostly conceal.
In Virginia it was open carry for years but nobody ever exercised it. As soon as CCW was passed a lot of folks got permits. Nowadays, folks who carry openly will probably be stopped a LOT by cops (products of the public schools antigun AGENDA, no doubt) but they can't do much. There is a move on to bring back open carry in Virginia as a normal thing.