The mythical times of the Old West, where cowboys strode the streets with six-guns strapped to their belts, are dead, but gun-rights advocates in the Legislature are doing their best to revive them. They want to pre-empt Utah cities and towns from making it unlawful for people to openly carry guns. We wouldn't bother to shoot at this farcical idea except that it already has passed a House committee by a 10-3 vote.
Even if you believe fervently that people should be able to keep and carry guns for self-defense, it's not a good idea to walk around with a handgun openly displayed. Nor is it a good idea for the state to encourage that.
Because when other people see someone other than a police officer openly carrying a gun, it frightens them. People know why cops carry guns, but they have no idea what someone else may intend to do with that firearm strapped to his hip. Is it for intimidation? Has he committed a crime, or is he about to? Unless you're very brave, or foolhardy, you're probably not going to go up and question the pistol-packer. You're going to call police.