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After armed members of the activist group Open Carry Texas (OCT) were asked to leave Sonic and Chili’s restaurants when they entered with AK-47’s in full display, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) called the demonstrations “downright weird” and “counter productive for the gun owning community.” Now, however, it appears that the NRA is backtracking on those statements, which received national attention.
Chris Cox of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action went on NRA radio on Tuesday and called his organization’s recent statements a “distraction.”
According to MSNBC, Cox said, “Now, 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. I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”