Gun owners, fearful of an assault weapons ban, are skeptical of White House attempts to bridge the gap between the Barack Obama administration and Second Amendment advocates.
Vice President Joe Biden met the gun-rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, Thursday afternoon to discuss gun violence, gun rights and public safety.
The meeting came as divergent forces call for a ban on assault weapons.
The Obama administration is pushing for the ban in the wake of the fatal school shootings in Newtown, CT.
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan who has been critical of the White House on other issues, said high-powered weapons are for the battlefield, not American streets.
Many gun owners in metro Atlanta disagreed with the White House and the former general, saying banning assault weapons would not solve the nation's problems with gun violence.
"If somebody wants to have that kind of gun - they should be able to buy it," said gun owner Walter Bowlin.
Troy Hall, who was shopping for a high-powered rifle, said an assault weapons ban is unrealistic.
When asked if civilians should be permitted to own high-powered rifles, Hall answered, "I feel like they're always going to be around. You can get killed with anything."
The White House wants to limit high-capacity ammunition clips, toughen background checks and close the gun show loophole, which allows buyers to skirt those background checks.
"I just don't see the purpose in it," Hall said.
Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:30:43 GMT
The story is familiar. Students park their cars in a lot at Emory Village, go into a restaurant for lunch, but when they walk out they see a sight that gives them indigestion. "I found my car was booted,"More >
Students have complained that, for years, Alpha Booting Company has swooped in and booted legally parked cars.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:16:39 GMT
(RNN) – When faced with a cleaver-wielding killer who'd just murdered someone, what would you do? For Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, the answer was obvious. Instead of running for her life, she engaged him inMore >
A British woman voluntarily put herself face-to-face with an alleged terrorist and may have saved lives. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >