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Too Scary for the NRA? Gun Group Slams Open Carry Texas

Even the National Rifle Association thinks the Texas extremists carrying guns into public places have gone too far.

In a recent statement, the NRA told Open Carry Texas to knock it off because seeing a bunch of thugs walk into a fast food restaurant with assault rifles is scary, even for gun-loving folks.

“[I]t is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms,” the NRA wrote in a statement condemning the group. “Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary.”

The NRA also stressed that, while the staunch defenders of 2nd Amendments loved assault rifles and their freedom to carry them, when Open Carry Texas started walking into family restaurants with their guns to prove a point they “crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness.”

In response, the head of Open Carry Texas CJ Grisham accused the NRA on turning traitor on their constitutional freedoms and taking the side of groups, like Moms Demand Action, that think gun carrying mobs and family restaurants don’t mix.

“When you’ve got the [Texas State Rifle Association] and the NRA basically coming down on us for standing up for our rights, that’s where our problem is,” Grisham explained. “Because now you guys are siding with Moms Demand Action.”

The NRA, though, said it is not about giving up freedom but picking the right battles. “Firearm owners face enough challenges these days; we don’t need to be victims of friendly fire,” the NRA concluded, encouraging Open Carry Texas to stop carrying guns into public spaces just because they can.

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