US gun owners determined to defend their rights
17 January 2013 Last updated at 18:34 GMT
There are four times as many gun shops as there are McDonald's restaurants in the US.
On Wednesday, US President Obama fired the first political shot in what is bound to be a tough battle with the powerful gun lobby.
He must also deal with the fact that for some Americans, gun ownership is seen as a fundamental right.
The BBC's Allan Little has been getting the view from Texas.