Bad guys are mostly not as bad as they think and are not going to risk a fight with someone they know is armed. You're more likely to be hassled by the cops.
That sounds pretty reasonable assumption , makes pretty good sense to me.
When I first moved to Arizona , out of the blue I decided to open carry a day or two.
It felt really awkward to me . But I grew up in family that was mostly shotgun shooting, hunting. I pretty much shot a shotgun every other weekend with my dad, summer through winter.
Once in while Deer Hunt with Rifles or Shotguns. I might have shot a 22 pistol with my dad and that was it. It was not until I was well into adulthood did I even know my dad had a few pistols . And to top it off I grew in one of the most Anti Gun States in the Union.
I freaked , my first gun show here I seen people carrying rifles into the show to sell as they walk around , so they had no gun cases. I was like what ? Now I am not the least bit concerned.
But see where I grew up the cops would hassle you if gun not in trunk and in a case with ammo away from it. Now here in Az they don' t like gun under seat without a CCW Permit. ( I think that has changed now since anyone can conceal now)
If I were a Cop , Id rather a person have the gun under the seat than on the seat.
I mean once quick move they shoot anyway.