The cops will still beat the living tar out of you if you don't inform them you are carrying.
They might do it anyway.
I HAVE NEVER VOLUNTEERED IT. iTS ON YOUR LIC. WHEN THEY RUN IT.
I have had a couple occasions where they asked me if I was carrying and I just stated yes. No problem.
Once while stopped along 26 on the way to warm springs A county came up and asked if we were ok, then said he noticed I had a CHL and asked what I carried. I told him at that time it was one of the New S&W Scandium/Titanium .357's and he said he had been looking at them for a back up and OD gun and wanted to handle it. They had not hit many of the stores at that time yet.
I let him and we had quite a discussion about several handguns.
I Have never had a problem with any of them. Now if it were someplace like Portland, I could see what you are saying, but I avoid that city like the plague just simply because of the politics there.