National Rifle Association blasts Texas’ open-carry protests as ‘dubious’ and ‘downright weird’

by Robert Wilonsky,  |  published on June 2, 2014

On Saturday about 150 open-carriers took their weapons to a North Richland Hills Home Depot parking lot for a gun-rights rally. Turns out, one day earlier the National Rifle Association more or less asked them not to do it.

A post on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action website reiterates an earlier joint statement issued by Come and Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America and Open Carry Texas: Demonstrators bringing long guns into Chipotle and Chili’s is really, really bad for business. And it’s starting to look “weird.” And it’s degenerating into “downright foolishness.”

Texas, says the post from the NRA’s lobbying arm, is “second to none for its robust gun culture.” And that’s great, says the NRA. Except in this instance.

“A small number have recently crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness,” says the post, which Mother Jones labels an “extraordinary move” for the organization. It goes on:

Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody, and we know that these sorts of semiautomatic carbines are among the most popular, fastest selling firearms in America today. Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn’t ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.

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