Florida ammo buyers may soon have to take an anger management course before heading to the register. A Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill to make such classes mandatory earlier this week. Gun rights advocates are voicing staunch opposition to the bill which they consider unconstitutional and an attack on the Second Amendment.
State Senator Audrey Gibson wants a three-day waiting period for the sale of all firearms and ammunition purchases. Once an individual has taken the ammo anger management course, the three-day waiting period would be waved.
The Florida ammo anger management course would have to be repeated every 10 years. Senator Audrey Gibson stated that her bill is not actually about ammunition but addresses safety concerns for both law enforcement and the community.
One of the most controversial statements made by Senator Gibson relates to her fears about citizens stockpiling ammunition. It is unclear how the Florida ammo anger management course would prevent a person from purchasing large amounts of bullets. The law does not impose a limit on the amount of ammunition allowed to be purchased in the Sunshine state.
Senator Audrey Gibson has this to say about stockpiling ammunition, “It’s about getting people to think, really, about how much ammunition they need.” Gun rights groups and vocal activists are rallying against the law which would impose a three-day waiting period for ammo purchases and statements that the government should play any role in determining exactly how much ammunition any America citizen needs.
The Florida lawmaker first discussed the creation of the anger management ammo law during a February rally for Jordan Davis. The 17-year-old Jacksonville man was fatally wounded during a confrontation with Michael David Dunn, 46. Dunn has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges stemming from the shooting death.
Florida Carry Executive Director Sean Caranna recalls thinking the law was a joke when first hearing about the bill. Caranna feels that the government considers anyone who wants to purchase ammo has anger problems and needs counseling.
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According to Senator Gibson, people are not as patient as they used to be and cited road rage as a reason the ammo anger management bill is necessary. The Florida would also make it illegal to sell ammunition to a person who does not present a completion certificate from an anger management course.
The bill proposes a course at least two hours in duration taken either in person or online. The Constitutionality of the Florida ammo anger management bill will likely be challenged in court by gun rights groups if it gains passage.
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