The president of the Texas gun group scolded by the National Rifle Association for bringing rifles into restaurants and retail stores said his group has already quit carrying large guns through Target Inc. and Wal-Mart locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. “It was distracting from our mission,” said C. J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas. “Our purpose and goal is to get open carry of handguns to pass into law. The conversation was allowed to shift by gun-control extremists to whether guns could be carried at all.”
Grisham said the NRA's piece, which called the rifle demonstrations “downright weird,” was “ignorant.” The NRA has removed the essay from its website and replaced it with an interview of NRA official Chris Cox apologizing for its publication. Amid the Open Carry Texas-NRA spat, the Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a petition drive this week to ask Target to forbid guns in its stores. Open Carry Texas stopped bringing its rifles into stores like Target because Texas law forbids firearms in places where alcohol is sold. Grisham said rescinding the alcohol-guns prohibition is among his group's top priorities.