'Open Carry' Proponents in Texas Lash Out at NRA

Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 02:10 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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The National Rifle Association released a statement last week saying that open carriers of firearms should practice more discretion and calling some of their behavior "downright weird." Now a group called Open Carry Texas is fighting back.

According to Mediaite, the group said the NRA's statements were "ignorant" and "unnecessary."

"The NRA has refused to learn for themselves how Open Carry Texas (OCT) conducts itself other than what the liberal media and Bloomberg-funded gun-control extremists have falsely portrayed," OCT wrote on its Facebook page. "The real ignorance in their statement is that it was completely unnecessary. OCT – along with Come And Take It Texas, Texas Carry and Gun Rights Across America – has already changed its methods and the whole world is aware of that."

"The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun rights instead of supporting all gun rights, the more support it will lose," Mediaite reports the group as saying. "Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards. If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights, instead of just paying them lip service the way the NRA appears to be doing."

According to an earlier Mediaite report, the NRA felt compelled to make the unusual statements after multiple chain restaurants started refusing customers entry if they were openly carrying arms. Mediaite columnist Evan McMurry writes the NRA wants gun owners to be more discreet, "lest the sight of heavily armed groups descending upon public spaces backfire ... and produce more stringent gun restrictions."

The NRA's legislative arm wrote: "Here at NRA, we are big fans of responsible behavior … legal mandates, not so much," Mediaite reports.

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