I forget where I read this however (and paraphrasing) if you want to know who is carrying a concealed weapon, look for the nicest, most polite, courteous and diplomatic people in the room....nicest people I've ever met.
I know that this isn't really news to folks on this forum but as I am still a neophyte in the gun world I am pleasantly surprised and I bet it would surprise people who aren't part of the gun community (yet).
I rarely run into people at the gun range because I often go to the gun range at odd hours of the day. However, when I do run into people they are always welcoming. Yesterday, I ran to older gentleman helping a couple practice with their handguns. None of them seemed unfamiliar with guns but the older gentleman was definitely the more experienced. Sure enough, "Hi. Don't mind us. We'll wait if you're gonna hang your targets. We can reset the metal plates if you want to shoot those." Big smiles from the three.
I try the plates, working on time from draw to first shot (needs work). After several mags I walk back to the safe line and the older guy has his pistol locked open on the bench. He catches me as I glance at it and asks if I want to check it out. I'm not sure what kind it is but it looks like a sweet pistol so I say, "Sure." It's a CZ 75 Compact D and damn if that thing didn't fit my hand like a glove. I told him it felt great in the hand so then he says, "Why don't you shoot it?" and hands me a mag. I try the plates again and must say I loved the way it felt, much flatter and smoother when it recoils and super easy to pick its Truglo front sight.
Afterwards, I of course offered him to try the Walther P99C I had brought which he was kind enough to say has a nice reset but even I could tell his CZ felt smoother. We chatted some before I had to depart (I only stopped at the range for a quick pitstop on the way to the grocery store)
This is just one example of gun owners I have met at the range who are extremely nice and helpful, all random people that I meet as I arriving or leaving the range. I've had people invite me to try their black powder rifles before the pack up, had members of rimfire league check my new (cheap) Marlin .22LR with laser bore sight and benchrest test it as they set for club shoot, and tons of people practically throw pistols in my hands asking me to shoot their pistols. Once a friend of mine who had recently got his pistol permit came to an evening indoor IDPA-type shoot. Its fairly informal but pretty popular for members so there is a bunch of people their. My friend had brought his Glock 26 and ammo but hadn't brought anything else: spare mags, gunbelt, holster. Literally a new gun owner. Well, here comes everyone to the rescue, and with a Glock there were plenty of mags and holsters for him to use. Well, he loved it and has since become a member at the club.
My point, I guess, is that in light of all the negative stuff being spread about guns and gun owners, we should let our actions speak for us. I have learned that my ranting and calling people names hasn't converted anyone. But bringing some those who are on the fence to a range to meet some regular gun owners might.