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Police: Man placed gun on Walmart counter, tried to buy ammo

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:15 PM

A 24-year-old man was arrested in Winter Haven after police say he placed his pistol on a counter at Walmart and demanded to buy ammunition for it.

Rodney Gene Lewis, of Winter Haven, became irate with the clerk and later police when told he could not buy ammunition, screaming it was his "First Amendment right" to carry a firearm, Winter Haven police said.

Lewis was charged with of improper exhibit of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, disorderly intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and threatening a public servant.

According to police:

Lewis was seen drinking beer outside Walmart, 7450 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, before walking into the store about 3:15 p.m. July 3.

He made contact with a clerk and placed the revolver on the counter. Lewis started to argue when the clerk told him he could not buy ammunition when he had a gun with him.

Lewis put the gun in his pocket and walked through the store. When police arrived, he became more irate.

Once outside the store, he continued to refuse commands to calm down and stop yelling. He tried numerous times to put his hand into the pocket with the gun.

Once taken into custody, he threatened to harm an officer when he was released from jail.

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