As President Obama continues to push Congress to vote on tougher gun laws, Second Amendment advocates are gearing up for a fight.
Guns have been flying off the shelves faster than manufacturers can make them. Rallies in Salem and across the nation have attracted thousands of protesters.
About 150 people have signed up to attend a "Packin' Heat Meet and Greet" Saturday at Coffee Villa in Vancouver.
The event was organized by the founder and president of Open Carry Vancouver, Tony Thomas.
Thomas says the November presidential election spurred him into becoming an advocate for gun rights.
"It kind of flipped a switch in me, and this has gone from politics as usual into something that's potentially very dangerous," Thomas said.
In addition to organizing the event, Thomas has posted dozens of Youtube videos defending Second Amendment rights. There is no requirement to bring a gun to Thomas' "Meet and Greet," which is good, because Thomas doesn't own a gun.
But he's in a hurry to buy one before new regulations set in.
"I think the Glock is my baby," Thomas said while shopping at Southwest Washington Surplus. "It's lightweight. It's easy."
Although Thomas has never even fired a weapon, he considers gun ownership an essential American liberty, and says he'll continue to defend the rights of gun owners.
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