CARLSBAD (AP) — Attendance at a southeastern New Mexico gun show scheduled this weekend is expected to double as gun owners race to purchase assault weapons that soon could be banned.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that vendor space at Carlsbad's Silver Spur Trade Show is almost sold out with 150 exhibitor tables, including assortments of new and used guns, swords, and ammunition.

Shawn Mitchell, who owns Courtesy Sporting and Pawn in Carlsbad, is helping set up the show and believes more people than usual will be coming show because of pending federal proposals aimed at restricting assault weapons.

President Obama recently enacted 23 executive orders and called for a new assault weapons ban in response to mass shootings around the nation.