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Police: Man Demanded Ammo For Gun

WINTER HAVEN, Fla., (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a man who brought his pistol to a Walmart store and demanded employees sell him ammunition.

Winter Haven police said Rodney Gene Lewis, 24, was seen drinking a beer outside of the store July 3 before walking inside and placing his revolver on the counter in the sporting goods section, WFLA, Tampa, Fla., reported Wednesday.

Lewis told an employee he wanted to buy ammo and argued with the worker when he was told ammunition could not be sold for a weapon present in the store.

Officers said Lewis was walking around the store with the revolver in his pocket when they arrived. They determined Lewis, who allegedly insisted it was his “First Amendment” right to carry a firearm, did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Lewis allegedly threatened to physically harm the arresting officer once he is released from the Polk County Jail.

The suspect was held on charges of improper exhibit of a firearm or dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly intoxication to cause public disturbance, disorderly conduct, brawling, fighting, resisting arrest without violence and crime against person by threat to public servant.

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