Florida Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Anger Management Classes for Ammo Purchasers

by S.H. Blannelberry, Guns.com  |  published on March 11, 2013

On Saturday, Florida State Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) filed SB 1678, a bill that would prohibit the sale of ammo to any individual who had not first completed an anger-management course.

According to the language of the bill, it would be unlawful to “A) Sell ammunition to another person who does not present certification that he or she has successfully completed an anger-management program consisting of at least 2 hours of online or face-to-face instruction in anger-management techniques. B) Purchase or otherwise obtain ammunition by fraud, false pretense, or false representation.”

Additionally, the anger management certification must be renewed every 10 years.

Failure to follow any of the aforementioned provisions would result in a second-degree misdemeanor charge. Repeat offenders or those who violate the law within 1 year of a prior conviction would be slapped with a first-degree misdemeanor charge.

In defending her controversial proposal, Gibson told Fox News that her bill is designed to increase public safety by getting ammo purchasers and gun owners to be more “introspective” and to get them to question why they are stockpiling ammo.

“This is not about guns,” Gibson said. “This is about ammunition and not only for the safety of the general community, but also for the safety of law enforcement.”

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