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Tue., June 3, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

NRA rips ‘open-carry’ rallies

Brian Chrusciel holds a pocket version of the Constitution and Bushmaster rifle as members of the Open Carry Tarrant group gathered for a demonstration Thursday in Haltom City, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas – In a blistering criticism of “open-carry” rallies in Texas, the National Rifle Association said gun enthusiasts who bring loaded rifles and tactical long guns into restaurants and public places are putting the pro-gun movement at risk with “downright weird” behavior.

The gun-toting gatherings are scary, thoughtless and counterproductive “hijinx,” causing alarmed bystanders to question the motives of gun advocates and potentially generating support for restricting gun rights, according to a statement on the NRA Institute for Legislative Action website.

“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,” said the post, titled “Good citizens and good neighbors: The gun owners’ role.” Read more.

Agree or disagree with the NRA that open-carry enthusiasts jeopardize gun rights for others?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.