I’m rather vehemently in support of the 2nd Amendment. Perhaps not an absolutist, but I am pretty much in favor of all the provisions of the Constitution.
You may have seen in the news that an organization known as Open Carry TX has been carrying rifles in public, and even into establishments such as Chipolte and Hardees.
People seem to be surprised the NRA would come out against groups of people walking into restaurants with AR-15s and other rifles but I’m not. The NRA has always promoted responsible gun ownership and use. There’s nothing responsible about being a jackass.
You can see the NRA’s open letter in the link in the quote above.
Open Carry TX is apparently staging these “walk ins” as a result of the arrest of CJ Grisham in Texas last year, and conviction of interference with a police officer. Open carry of firearms is legal in Texas. Here’s the dashcam footage of the incident. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
And I understand the argument that a right not exercised is no right at all.
But here’s the conflict. Open Carry TX has gone from exercising a lawful right in public, to imposing itself upon private entities. The law on open carry is a restriction on the state. It is not, nor was it meant to be, an imposition upon private entities such as restaurants.
As DrewM notes, OCT has done with a couple off assholes what Bloomberg with millions of dollars has failed to do.