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The National Rifle Association has issued a strongly-worded criticism of a fellow gun rights group, calling its practice of so-called “open carry” demonstrations “downright scary.”

The criticisms of Open Carry Texas were noted in an unsigned post published Friday on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action page. Open Carry Texas members have become known for gathering in public places, mostly notably restaurants, carrying large, high-powered rifles.

Most recently, Sonic, Chipotle, and Chili’s joined Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, and Applebee’s in banning firearms from their premises after protests by Open Carry Texas.

“Let’s not mince words,” the post on the NRA’s site said, “not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

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