As a person who does not own a gun, the only comment i have is i would prefer open carry being legal, as opposed to concealed carry. I could then make a more informed personal decision about the safety of my surroundings.
The visible presence of a side arm does not elevate the threat level.
Could you explain what you mean by this? I'm not entirely sure that I'd agree. I know that when I see someone carrying a firearm it without question raises the level by which I feel threatened.