It doesn’t happen often when the National Rifle Association gets into a controversy over gun rights. But the group did something very unusual in their recent war of words with Open Carry Texas.

The NRA, in a statement last week, called Open Carry Texas' practices 'downright weird.' Chris Cox of the NRA now says they were wrong to do that.

“That was a mistake it should not have happened,” Cox said on the NRA’s website.

“I’ve had a discussion with the staffer that wrote that piece. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners,” Cox said.

CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas told KTRH the NRA never should have put out a statement in the first place.

“The NRA released a very irresponsible statement criticizing us for something that we already stopped doing,” Grisham explained.

And that is what the NRA is now saying, too. But is Grisham's group helping the rights of gun owners?

“We’re not hurting the cause at all. We’re educating the public. We’re very successful at what we do,” Grisham stated.

But Grisham says the group that walked into Chili's with their rifles out simply didn’t follow the group's procedures.