PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) As debate over gun control continues to grow, a local WalMart is in the spotlight for selling a gun to a man; then telling him he failed his background check hours after the man already left the store.
Ironically it was on the same day the head of the NRA said more gun laws are not the answer to stopping gun violence because he said the laws we have don't work.
Jesse Loworn, Jr. bought a gun from the WalMart in Escambia County, Florida. Everything was fine until he got home.
"We were sitting around with friends, get a call from WalMart saying we need you to return the gun, you're background check didn't comeback clean," Loworn said.
Loworn, who already owns several guns, is unsure why he was flagged. He told Local 15 News that WalMart gave him no specifics. He claims there was nothing in his background that would keep him from buying a gun, a claim supported by a check of public records.
Loworn took the gun back, but is now filing an appeal with the FBI. Still, he wonders if the same scenario has happened before or since.
"I can't figure out why we have people selling guns to people who don't pass background checks, because in my eyes and everybody I've talked to, this is how shootings like that school shooting happen...is when people who aren't allowed to purchase firearms, get to purchase them and go on a killing spree," said Loworn.
WalMart released a statement confirming what happened, but did not specify how or why Loworn was flagged.