It’s legal, but a lot of cops there don’t know that. And, on being informed of the right to openly carry a handgun, the Tuscaloosa Police Chief says this:

“I don’t agree that people should be allowed to carry a weapon openly,” Anderson said. “I have instructed my officers to challenge anyone they see carrying a weapon openly to make sure that they have the right to carry a weapon. Some people, like felons, cannot carry a weapon. They (people carrying weapons) will be treated with respect and dignity but they will be challenged.”

Reminds me of how the Chief of Police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said the same thing a few years ago. But, he didn’t include the ‘respect and dignity’ part of the equation.

Naturally, I don’t think there should be a challenge at all by cops unless the carrier is a known criminal or is engaged in criminal activity.