I open carry in my state of Washington. I do have my CPL ( Concealed Pistol License) but I just to open carry 95% of the time. I view open carry as another layer of deterrent against criminals. At the very least they would think twice about attacking an openly armed person. I know this isn't perfect and won't stop all and it takes from the element of surprise if I CCW, but I believe at least for me the pros out way the cons.