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Gun owners skeptical over VP's meeting with NRA

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

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.

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