The busiest shopping day of the year came a week early for gun buyers.
Friday kicked off the "The Nation's Gun Show" at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.
Gun sales are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election. Some people fear their second amendment rights are in jeopardy.
Shoppers stretched around the block - ready to shrink their wallets.
Catherine Bryan, a customer at the expo, said, "People are really afraid of gun control, so we're all loading up."
NOVA Firearms Instructor Chuck Nesby added, "They don't trust this administration to protect their second amendment rights."
"The Nation's Gun Show" features more than a thousand tables full of guns, knives and ammunition. A record number of people are expected out this weekend
"Obama has probably been the best gun salesman that I've had in the 34 years that I've been in business," said Jerry Cochran, the owner of Trader Jerry's.
Cochran said the demand for semiautomatic rifles is now being stoked by memories of stiff gun regulations under President Bill Clinton's administration.
"This is a Colt AR15," Cochran pointed out. "It was banned in 1994 until 2004, because it had a threaded barrel, a bayonet lug, a collapsible stock and a magazine capacity that could hold more than 20 rounds."
Gun advocate and NOVA Firearms instructor Chucky Nesby worries the past will come back and haunt him.
Nesby said, "The president in the third debate said that he wanted to bring the assault weapons ban back... That the public shouldn't own certain rifles that he considers to be military or whatever."
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is already working on legislation that would bring back the assault weapon ban.
Alyson Stiles and her boyfriend, Frank Flame, are considering making their first purchase now for hunting.
"I think that it's a personal choice if you want to own a gun," Stiles said.
Flame added, "Yeah, especially since we're just getting into this. We need a little time to buy our arsenal."
The FBI's number of background checks for firearms shot up 18 percent last month. A number that's considered a leading indicator for future gun sales.
Gun store owners say they are having a hard time filling orders. Distributors' supplies are drying up and manufacturers are struggling with the high demand.
"The Nation's Gun Show" runs all weekend long.
Doors open Saturday at 11 a.m.