Derek Poe, who owns the Golden Triangle Tactical gun store in Beaumont, Tx., recently announced that he was forming an armed militia to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.
Poe is holding a militia meeting for potential recruits at his gun store tomorrow night.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Poe is calling his future militia the "Golden Triangle Tactical Border Project," which will be armed with AR-15 rifles and night-vision goggles.
"We're not going to allow any felons," Poe reportedly wrote on his Facebook page. "We're not going to let people join just to have members. We'll have a certain quality of guys."
Most of the undocumented immigrants who have come across the U.S.-Mexico border since Oct. 2013 have been unarmed children and mothers.
"We're hoping to help protect Texas," added Poe. "It has nothing to do with being racist. There is a right way to become a citizen."
Poe is scheduled to go on trial on Oct. 20 for a "disorderly conduct" charge stemming from his open carry of an AR-15 rifle in a local mall on Dec. 28, 2013, reported Fox Beaumont (video below)
According to 12 News Now, Poe claimed that he was exercising his Second Amendment rights, but police said Poe was carrying his assault weapon "in a manner calculated to alarm."
Poe claimed his rifle was facing barrel down and his hands did not touch the gun.
However, witnesses reportedly told police officers that they were "terrified" and "thought they were going to die."