Moving to Reno from Southern California is like moving from Antarctica to Egypt. They are two totally different worlds in so many ways but one of them is the pro-gun environment out here. Nevada is an Open Carry state, meaning, unless otherwise posted, you can carry a gun. Obviously, restrictions apply to the same places of concealed carry that you cannot take guns (airports, state and federal buildings, any place that has a sign prohibiting firearms, etc.) Each state has its set of laws and restrictions regarding guns, the carrying and use of and before you go out to do anything, I urge you know your laws first.
I've open carried out here before in wilderness, although I have never carried in town. It was pretty interesting. Sure, I just had it on a brief period in town while going to and from the Women's Shooting Academy classroom and then out to the range. Usually I bring the big honkin' XD .45 Tactical to the range but can't conceal it because of the obvious size. But it's a really great gun to shoot and it shoots well and I'll face it, I am starting to become one of those people who believes carrying a .45 is as Martha Stewart would say, "A good thing." Personally, any gun is better than no gun and that's my number one rule, but in terms of the "shoot what you can shoot well" is starting to move in the direction of that XD. Of course I can't carry it concealed because of it's enormous size, but I can open carry it. And it was pretty cool. Something about carrying a gun you really like a lot and not worrying about if you're printing or not because who care's it's out in the open and in compliance with state laws. Here's to Open Carry... for those of you who applied for a CCW and don't want to wait for it to come in to start carrying or for those of you who don't believe in CCW's*!!! For more information about Open Carrying check out http://opencarry.org
*Disclaimer: KNOW THE LAWS REGARDING GUNS IN YOUR TOWN. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS MAY VARY FROM PLACE TO PLACE. THINK OF THOSE AROUND YOU: KNOW YOUR GUN SAFETY AND DO NOT CARRY A GUN YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE AND PROFICIENT SHOOTING. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT A CCW, IT IS WISE TO TAKE THE CLASS TO LEARN LEGAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES INVOLVED WITH CARRYING A GUN.