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NRA rolls back 'open carry' criticism

Supporters of Michigan's Open Carry law attend a rally April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan.
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Supporters of Michigan's Open Carry law attend a rally April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan.

The National Rifle Association is rolling back an earlier statement in which the group criticized "open carry" rallies in Texas.

Gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part a push for less restrictive gun laws.

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The NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, said last week in a statement on its website that the demonstrations were counterproductive, scary and "downright weird."

But ILA Executive Director Chris Cox said Tuesday in an interview on an NRA-hosted radio show that the statement was a "mistake."

Cox says the staffer who wrote the piece was expressing his personal opinion.

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Open Carry Texas, a group behind the recent demonstrations, had said if the NRA didn't retract the statement, Open Carry would withdraw its full support for the NRA.

—By The Associated Press