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Gun shops and instructors can turn away suspicious buyers and CWP students

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Guns are a hot topic right now after Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people in a night club in Orlando Florida and injured many others. "We had no information of who he was, no name, no knowledge of who he was, it was just suspicious of what he was requesting," said Robert Abell, the co-owner of Lotus Gunworks. 

Abell on Thursday shared the chilling recount of the shooter coming in to buy body armor and bulk amunition. He said they turned him down for suspicious behavior and what he intended on purchasing. 

But later the gunman purchased the guns used in the attack at another gun shop. 

In Greenville, staff at Sharp Shooters said they too have turned down suspicious shoppers. "It's something, just not right, something inarticulate, it's more than just a feeling and we can deny them the sale," said Jim Braziel the General Manager at Sharp Shooters. 

He said they simply tell the customer, they won't sell them the gun. Braziel said he doesn't see any changes needing to be made to the laws already in place or background checks. 

"We do everything the federal government requires, which is the nex check and if they pass that and there's no other reason that we can't sell them the gun for whatever then we can sell them the gun," said Braziel. 

Braziel said they're the first line of defense, and said many people have come into their store asking if they think the laws will change and if guns will be taken away. "I don't ever foresee you know guns being taken away from people," he said.

For CWP instructor Shea Kim, with Definite Defense, she said it's hard to hear about mass shootings when she works so hard to teach her students how to safely use guns. 

"To be honest with you, it's really is heartbreaking to me," said Shea Kim. Kim is a former police officer, served as a military police officer in the Navy for six years, and even worked undercover for NCIS.

"The first thing I ask them when they come to my class is who are you, what's your name, what do you do... why are you here," said Kim.  She said in six years of teaching, there has only been one student that ever raised a red flag.

"I just felt like this is somebody that might, could do some harm," she said.

Staff with SLED said if an instructor of gun sales person is suspicious of someone and their intentions for using a firearm, they should immediately contact their local law enforcement. 

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