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Gun enthusiasts react to Dick's Sporting Goods' decision to pull some guns

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

One of the nation's largest sporting goods stores suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of its stores.

Dick's Sporting Goods made the decision after the killings in Newtown, CT.

At Range, Guns & Safes, gun enthusiasts saw the move by Dick's to pull assault rifles from its shelves as a waste of time.

"Think they are trying to appease their customers and the anti-gun people," gun enthusiast Tal Moncus said.

Moncus collects antique military weapons and understands the concern following the Newtown shooting deaths, where an AR-15 rifle was used to carry out the crime.

"It's a touchy, touchy subject," Moncus said.

Dick's told CBS Atlanta News that it's extremely saddened by last week's shootings in the following statement:

"Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide."

Keith Thompson told CBS Atlanta News that he has sold guns for 15 years and said what Dick's is doing is self-serving and likely comes after reports surfaced that accused gunman Adam Lanza tried to buy guns at the national chain. Thompson said that approach doesn't fix the problem.

"They done this before, and when it cools down, they go back to selling them anyway," Thompson said.

The sporting goods giant would not say when or if it would lift the ban.

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