Georgia and Florida are different in many ways from other places.Thanks Triumph for the info on NJ.
As a point of reference; A few years ago and things may have changed with Georgia going all woke and libtard... Son1 gets in a car wreck in rural Georgia, I go to pick him up. Local sheriff is at scene and so is Georgia State Trooper. Son1 is getting all of his personal items out of his car so it can be towed. He is wearing his carry weapon, a Glock 17 open carrying, then he unloads his AR Pistol, a second handgun from his console, a .22 rifle from the trunk and a large machete, and a few knives. All of his firearms have one in the pipe.
State Trooper sees the AR pistol and immediately goes to his trunk and retrieves his new AR pistol from the box to show it off to us. Says he just found out about AR pistols and bought this one that day. Local Sheriff comes over and is impressed with both AR pistols and tells us he is going to buy one as soon as he leaves the scene.
We transport the weapons to my truck and State Trooper invites us to shoot at the local range with him if we want to. I'm ready to get home so we thank him and he gives us his card and says anytime we want to shoot to call him.
I suspect that situation would have gone very sideways in NJ...
I can't say about the rest of The South as I'm just familiar with those two.
I wouldn't live anywhere else. I enjoy freedom and liberty.