Houston • Companies, customers and others critical of Texas gun rights advocates who have brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of demonstrations supporting "open carry" gun rights now have a surprising ally: the National Rifle Association.
The advocates' actions in restaurants and other public places part of a push for less restrictive gun laws, including legalizing the open carry of handguns have prompted public criticism.
The NRA has long been a zealous advocate for gun owners' rights. But the group's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, has called the demonstrations counterproductive to promoting gun rights, scary and "downright weird." The NRA said the demonstrations have "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness."