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NRA criticizes open carry advocates

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One of the main goals of Open Carry Texas is to make people feel at ease when they're around guns.

"Taking a rifle into a business doesn't help what we're trying to do right now," said C.J. Grisham, the founder and president of Open Carry Texas.

He says on May 23rd they changed demonstration policies.

Grisham said, "The Sonic and the Chili's thing, that's Open Carry Texas. We get the blame for that because our members didn't heed our policies for contacting restaurants first.

Recently, Sonic and Chili's asked patrons not to carry firearms into their restaurants after a group of eight men, carried semi-automatic rifles into San Antonio locations.

"They just showed up with their guns unexpected everybody to be okay with it," added Grisham.

A similar situation happened with the "Open Carry Tarrant County" group at a Fort Worth Jack in the Box.

Gun owner, James Henry, disagreed with the Open Carry display and filmed his interaction with the group.

"I got aggravated and I did get a bit snarky," Henry admitted.

An open carry member said, "We're out here demonstrating our rights and you're out here calling us all sorts of nasty names."

"Open Carry Tarrant County is not Open Carry Texas," said Grisham.

Grisham says after this recent incident, Open Carry Texas had to make the distinction.

"Were trying to get Texas to be the 46th state to authorize a right to open carry," added Grisham. "The last thing we need is division among gun rights groups."

The National Rifle Association is speaking out against these groups, saying using guns to draw attention to yourself in public shows a lack of consideration and manners.

Grisham said, "They commented on something that is no longer an issue with Open Carry Texas."

Chipotle and Starbucks have also asked customers not to bring long arm rifles into their stores.

"They can have a corporate, national policy about it, but leave it up to the local franchisees and local managers," said Grisham. "I can't have a real pistol here because it's be a criminal, but if I put my shirt over it, I'm good."

As a statement, Grisham carries a yellow rubber pistol everywhere he goes.

Grisham added, "In 30 states in the country, more than half, can trust their citizens to open carry handguns without a license, I think Texas can do that as well."

The NRA's statement goes on to say:

"...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. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates."

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