Tucsonans take part in "Gun Appreciation Day"

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Tucsonans take part in "Gun Appreciation Day"

CREATED Jan 19, 2013

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two days before President Obama's inauguration, gun owners and advocates are taking part in a nationwide social media campaign to send the president and congress a message.

An online group started the campaign "Gun Appreciation Day"- calling for gun owners to go to gun shops, gun shows and shooting ranges to show their support for the Second Amendment. 

Ken Rineer, president of Gun Owners of Arizona spent the day with other supporters at the Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range.

"I think it's a great idea, haven't really had a national event to my recollection where we -- someone called for a firearm appreciation day, go out to the range, go to the gun shops, celebrate it however you can," he said.

He says President Obama's gun control plan is striking a nerve with gun owners across the country.

"There's legitimate concern,  if some of these bills pass our Congress, it could really impair the right to keep and bear arms," he said.

Supporters of "Gun Appreciation Day" hope that their message gains attention from Washington.

But gun owners like Lee Spencer fear it won't influence the outcome.

"I see a lot of support at least here locally in the Tucson area -- so it's been nice to see the level of support from citizens here, but I don't have high hopes of what the government is going to do regardless of the public support," he said.