OK, since Katrina and such along with a thread I had read someplace (don't remember if it was here or elsewhere) I have thought a bit on this. While its good to be prepared for TEOTWAWKI, its a lot more likely that any of us will face things where we need to get through a situation like Katrina or a terror attack or some other incident that while a major disruption and a time when one would do well to be armed it isn't the collapse of the world and being SEEN armed could cause problems. Kind of like N.O. after Katrina, assuming you have to bug out on foot, if you were carrying a long gun openly then while it may deter some bad guys it was also likely to get tense reactions from neighborhood groups securing their areas and any cops that saw you would be likely to be trying to take the guns or at least give you grief which could become hostile due to the fact of carrying openly, much the same as if you walked down the side of a highway today carrying a long gun, its likely to attract undue attention. So the question is if you had to bug out, how would you avoid creating undue confrontation that being openly armed might create due to others thinking your party was a threat (as in aggressive)? Would you carry just handguns on you concealed with long guns left in the vehicle or packs? Would you leave the long guns at home, or would you carry them in the open and just deal with confrontations with cops, home owners and bad guys alike?