A rifle owner pictured with Girl Scouts in a controversial photo that's gone viral is speaking out about what happened.
The photo, taken at the Fort Worth Stock Yards, shows a Girl Scouts cookie table, the Scouts and their leader, and Kathy Perkins and her friend. Perkins is the one carrying her AR-15 heavy barrel.
She's with Come and Take It Texas, a group that lawfully arms themselves in defense of the Second Amendment and often exercises their rights publically.
"We were hungry and my husband bought a box of peanut butter chocolate cookies, and we enjoyed those as we sat and just kind of talked with the Girl Scouts," said Perkins.
Perkins says they had a great conversation with the girls about things they had in common.
"After we had this conversation, we said, ‘Can we take a picture?'" said Perkins. "And after I took the picture, I texted it to the woman at the table who asked for a copy of it, and we went about our way."
The picture went viral when Come and Take It Texas posted the picture on its Facebook page, and the Girl Scouts tweeted out a response, letting folks know Perkins and her friend are not affiliated with the Girl Scouts and that the gun rights group is not endorsed by the Girl Scouts.
But Perkins is worried the Girl Scout troop may have gotten in trouble because of the picture.
"We are working to work with the volunteers and the troop leaders of that particular cookie booth and we're working on that right now," said Girl Scout official Maria Gregorio.
"They were not in any shape, way or form sponsoring the CATI event nor was CATI sponsoring the Girl Scout event," said Perkins.
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