NRA Apologizes For Calling Open Carry Protests 'Weird'
The NRA is backing away from a previous statement that discouraged members from openly carrying semi-automatic weapons in restaurants.By Zach Toombs | June 4, 2014
The National Rifle Association is walking back comments it made last week criticizing open carry demonstrators in Texas whose behavior it initially called "weird" and "scary."
CHRIS COX: "That was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened. I've had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece ... Our job's not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners." (Via NRA News)
That was chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox, and this is the piece he's referring to: a May 30 statement from the NRA calling the carrying of assault weapons in public "downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself."