A Florida legislator wants anyone trying to buy ammunition to complete an anger management class first, in what people are saying the latest example of local lawmakers reaching for constitutionally-dubious solutions to the problem of gun violence.
The bill which was filed Saturday by state Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, would require a 3 business day waiting period for the sale of any firearm and the sale of ammunition to anyone who has not completed anger management class. The proposal would require ammo buyers to take the anger management classes every 10 years.
“This is not about guns,” Stated Gibson. “This is about ammunition not only for the safety of the general community, but also for the safety of law enforcement.”
Gibson said she’s concerned with citizens stockpiling ammunition, potentially creating dangerous situations should those individuals ever come in contact with law enforcement agencies or criminals.
“It’s about getting people to think, really, about how much ammunition they need,” Gibson said. “It’s a step, I think, in a safer direction. It’s about getting people to think before they buy.
Gibson first announced her intentions to introduce such legislation last month during a rally for Davis, saying “people are just not as patient as they used to be,” according to the Florida Times-Union.
“We see the rage on the road all the time,” she continued Wednesday. “People are just more impatient, I don’t know what it is.” Gibson’s bill does not offer a threshold for the amount of ammunition needed to necessitate the need for anger management courses.
“It is unlawful to:
A) Sell ammunition to another person who does not present certification that he or she has successfully completed an anger management class consisting of at least 2 hours of online anger management class or face-to-face instruction in anger-management techniques,” the bill reads. “The certification must be renewed every 10 years.
B) Purchase or otherwise obtain ammunition by fraud, false pretense, or false representation.”