If a Florida Democrat has her way, anyone who tries to buy ammunition will have to first complete an anger management program. Critics are slamming the bill as a ridiculous and unconstitutional proposal to deal with gun violence.
Florida state Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) introduced the bill on Saturday, which stipulates ammunition purchasers must go through a three-day waiting period to buy any ammo if they have not completed anger management courses. The bill would mandate that ammo buyers take the anger management course every 10 years.
Of course, Gibson claims that her legislation will keep police officers and the public safe.
“This is not about guns,” she told Fox News. “This is about ammunition and not only for the safety of the general community, but also for the safety of law enforcement.”
With ammunition prices soaring due to talk of gun control, many gun owners have been purchasing ammunition in bulk to prepare for shortages. Gibson said this really concerns her.
“It’s about getting people to think, really, about how much ammunition they need,” Gibson added. “It’s a step, I think, in a safer direction. It’s about getting people to think before they buy.”
In other words, Gibson, a politician, wants to help gun owners realize they don’t need that much ammo.
Gibson’s legislation reads as follows:
“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 program consisting of at least 2 hours of online or face-to-face instruction in anger-management techniques…The certification must be renewed every 10 years. B) Purchase or otherwise obtain ammunition by fraud, false pretense, or false representation.”
Violators of the law would face a second-degree misdemeanor charge. Any ammo buyer who violates the law twice within a year of a prior conviction would face a first-degree misdemeanor charge.
Critics have blasted the bill as “ridiculous,” “disappointing” and a waste of time.
Sean Caranna, executive director of the gun rights group Florida Carry, told FoxNews.com that he first thought the bill was a “joke.”
“They’re trying to say that anyone who owns a gun or shoots a gun or has ammunition for it needs counseling and obviously has some anger problems,” he said.
Further, Jon Gutmacher, an Orlando attorney told FoxNews.com that the law would most likely be found unconstitutional due to prior restraint. He also said the bill was an “insult” to all Florida gun owners.
“It’s absurd on its face,” he said.