Chatted with Ft.Worth police officer this weekend.
I had my car at a car show this weekend and a Ft.Worth police officer came over to look at it and started chatting with me for a while. Eventually the topic moved to citizens with firearms so I asked him how he felt about the possibility of open carry. I know that there are other LEO in this forum, but I think they are all from different states. Since we don't actually have open carry here in Texas it was more interesting hearing his opinion.
First of all, he said he was very much for concealed carry for private citizens. But he doesn't like the idea of open carry, not because of making his job harder by receiving tons of calls of "man with a gun." His reason was the same as others have stated on here, that it would make the person a target. So then I asked him if he felt a police officer is more or less of a target than a private citizen, being that officers have a lot of laws to adhere to. He said that he has been an officer for 16 years and nobody has tried to steal his gun. But if they did, he wouldn't hesitate to shoot them on the spot because that person would be threatening him with deadly force.
I guess for me, after hearing all of the arguments both for and against OC, I still wish that my state had it. Ironically, I think most of the time I'd still continue to CC, but it would just be great knowing that I could do something even if I didn't actually do it.