NRA calls Open Carry tactics ‘weird’ and ‘scary’

Tara Cowan of Euless,Texas, stands by a busy road intersection holding a flag that reads "Come And Take It", as she and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County demonstrate, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tara Cowan of Euless,Texas, stands by a busy road intersection holding a flag that reads "Come And Take It", as she and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County demonstrate, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The National Rifle Association is raising eyebrows after saying that recent Open Carry demonstrations in Texas are not the way to go.

The NRA described the group’s tactics as “weird” and “scary.”

In a blog post from the organization it says in part:

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners.  That’s not the Texas way.  And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”

The message says that these demonstrations have led some fast food organizations to no longer allow guns in their businesses.

In the Austin area, organizations such as Come And Take It Texas have staged similar protests with multiple armed people exercising their rights at one time.

Openly carrying long guns in public is legal in Texas, as long as it is not done in a threatening manner.

The NRA says these protest themselves are threatening and set the stage for further restrictions on gun rights.

A collection of open carry groups responded to the NRA in online posts calling them out of touch.

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