Dallas (KTVT) — The NRA has a stern message to gun lovers: check your weapons at the door.
In recent weeks, gun rights advocates, including "Open Carry Texas," have entered popular restaurant chains with guns in hand. It's part of an open-carry movement.
In a statement, the National Rifle Association and the institute for legislative action called it "foolish," "downright weird" -- and not the message the organization wants to send.
"Open Carry Texas" is firing back, stating the NRA has gone "soft."
KTVT reported group members are threatening to cut up their NRA membership cards unless the organization retracts its comments.
In the statement, the NRA said carrying firearms in public, including restaurants, sets "the stage for further restrictions on our rights."
According to KDFW, Chris Cox, the chief lobbyist for the NRA, said the comments were not approved by the national organization.