NRA Blames Staffer for Controversial “Open Carry” Statement

Jan Morgan

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The National Rifle Association has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing “open carry” rallies in Texas in which gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into public places.

The NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox says the original statement criticizing long gun open carry was a personal opinion made by a staffer, and is not the official position of the National Rifle Association:

Cox, the executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, says the staffer’s reference to open carry as ‘weird’ or somehow not normal, was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened,” said Cox, who added that the group “unequivocally” supports open carry laws.

The staffer made the statement after the controversial actions of a Texas Open Carry group which came under fire for open carrying long guns into privately owned eating establishments.
Their actions prompted the business owners, which had no previous gun restrictions on their property, to change their position and ask customers to keep guns out of their establishments because the presence of rifles was intimidating customers and they were losing business.

I support Constitutional Carry. I open carry often. I do NOT, however, carry rifles in businesses. I don’t feel the need to do so.
It is not something I have ever even considered.
That being said, I refuse to speak out against fellow 2nd Amendment advocates and THEIR decision to do what they did in Texas. We have enough enemies out there as it is without dividing our base.
Besides, I think those guys have already taken a public beating from liberals as well as gun owners.
No need to beat a dead horse.
I’m just glad the NRA clarified it’s position on the issue.

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  • Steve Long

    Wow, was it really a “Rouge Staffer” in the Cincinnati office? Or is the Cincinnati Staffer being scapegoated? LoL! Just asking.

  • Ranchman

    I am a diehard 2nd Amendment advocate. I don’t believe there should be ANY restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms. Any restrictions at all are unconstitutional, period. That said, I don’t see myself carrying my AR into a McDonald’s any time soon.

    • newhon63

      I agree. i would not want to have to carry my shotgun everywhere I go but if it gets as bad as I think it will in the future then I will do it and buy a bandolier so I can carry extra ammo. My point is that it should be personal choice as far as what weapon or weapons. The 2nd Amendment is the only one that says specifically “Shall not be infringed”. well, slowly over the years there has been an awful lot of infringing going on. the people have been silent about it because we all got comfortable. Only now are we realizing the slow chipping that the government has been doing all along has collectively turned out to be a door they have bern trying to make so they can walk through and take all the guns or make it damn hard to buy and keep them in order to use them should the need arise. It has been going on for years. So it is not really a Dem vs Repub thing. It is a citizen vs Government thing.

  • newhon63

    I do not see the need to have long rifles in hand in everyday life. But that is also the choice of the individual. It may come to that point some day soon when everyone has to be armed in that manner. Right now I prefer to have a weapon concealed so I have the element of surprise instead of showing I have a firearm and being one of the first to choose from to take a bullet to eliminate me as a threat. I am sure Israel didn’t have people standing in the streets with assault rifles to begin with but circumstances eventually escalated to that being needed once the knuckle-headed Palestinians decided they wanted what was not theirs. Then the Israelis came to the conclusion that an attack could come at any time and therefore needed equipment at the ready.

    • junkmailbin

      israel has fully armed teachers , male and female, at the schools. The super macho wife beaters leave the children alone because they do not want tier balls shot off by Jews and females

      • newhon63

        Not to mention they are almost completely surrounded by angry Arabs that just want all Israeli and non-Islamics dead or ground under the boot of Sharia Law by whatever means neccessary. and they are backed by a U.S. President that has demonstrated that he is more than willing to throw his own people and even citizens under the bus to save his own spineless hide. they no longer trust American leadership and I do not blame them one bit.

  • Mrs. Patriot

    So, what is the NRA doing hiring people who don’t believe in Constitutional open carry?

  • junkmailbin

    time for all second amendment supporters to play nice and work together to fight the foe.
    It would be nice if republicans of the standard and tea party bent would wise up and realize that all must come together behind one person after primaries. And during the primaries, never speak bad of another republican

  • Incredulous_one

    Jan, I wish you and all other 2nd Amendment supporters would refrain from repeating our opponents propaganda, “… military-style assault rifles …” Please just refer to them as “rifles” without the melodramatic adjectives.

    • Keith Brockmiller

      I agree. That phrase stands out like a sore thumb

    • Clint

      I demand equal representation so they should include military style assault rocks and military style assault sticks.