NRA backtracks, apologizes for criticizing Texas group's open carry tactics

With scrolling stars in the background, the National Rifle Association retracted its criticism of open carry activists in Texas on June 3.
The NRA’s top lobbyist Chris Cox appeared on Cam & Company, the group’s news show, to discuss the statement that it released on May 30, where it called certain tactics of some “downright foolishness.” He claimed that the commentary piece was written by a staffer who slipped in his personal views on the issue.

“The truth is an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as weird or somehow not normal, and that was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened,” Cox told Cam Edwards.

“I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece and expressed his personal opinion. And our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners. Our job is to effectuate policy changes that expands and protects our members’ right of self-defense. So this is a distraction, certainly the media has had a field day with it,” Cox added.

Certain sects of Open Carry Texas have taken to making unannounced demonstrations at chain restaurants, an act that has caught flak from political opponents and allies alike.

While it’s only a small sect within OCT performing unannounced open carry demonstrations, the lead group openly criticized the NRA for its commentary, even going so far as cutting up memberships.

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