>> Say hey, we're gonna do an open carry walk.>> To Texas resident C.J. Grisham, carrying an assault rifle in public should be as common as holding an iPhone, or a water bottle. Grisham is the founder of Open Carry Texas, one of several pro-gun grassroots groups that have sprung up in at least 15 states that believe the National Rifle Association is actually too soft in pushing for gun rights.
>> The problem is the NRA historically has been about incrementalization. Whereas, these grassroots groups at the local level are about get rid of gun control laws now.>> With in your face tactics such as organizing open carry displays, these groups often clash with the NRA. Caring little about its Washington lobbying tactics and attempts to appease moderate Republicans.
And saying they'd rather lose legislative fights on principle rather than support watered down gun bills. Reuters correspondent Daniel Trotta.>> They see themselves as no compromise. That is, they do not compromise on the Second Amendment. So what they've effectively done is opened up a right flank that has in some cases forced the NRA to come around and support legislation that previously the NRA would have considered too much of a longshot to back.
>> One such law is 2016's Missouri Senate BIll 656, which initially proposed a maximum fine of $100 for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit. But by the time it passed, Missouri residents could carry concealed hand guns without any permits at all. Former State Representative, Eric Burlison, who pushed for the broader law credits local group, the Missouri Firearms Coalition, for providing crucial momentum, saying the NRA eventually supported it as well.
Twelve states now allow concealed handguns without permits. C.J. Gresham hopes to add Texas to that list next year.