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(CNN) -- 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.

A Texas gun range owner agrees. "In my opinion radicalism of any kind is wrong. If it's a gun I anticipate it being loaded. If it's in a case you can't have an accidental discharge," said Tom Mannewitz. 

Open Carry Texas is firing back saying the NRA has gone "soft."

KTVT reports group members are threatening to cut up their NRA membership cards unless the organization retracts its comments.

In the statement, the NRA says carrying firearms in public, including restaurants, sets "the stage for further restrictions on our rights."

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