Bill would require anger management classes to buy bullets
LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Anger management classes in exchange for ammo -- that's the nuts and bolts of a bill just filed in the state of Florida, legislation gun owners say is a shot in the dark.
"This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen proposed," said Forrest Buckwald, President of Buck's Gun Rack in Daytona Beach.
The bill would require those buying ammunition to take anger management classes every 10 years, and would mandate that those who haven't taken the classes wait three days before being able to buy a firearm or ammunition.
"I don't think a ridiculous proposed law like this is going to go into effect," Buckwald said.
Buckwald says the bill creates an unwarranted assumption that all gun owners have anger issues.
"The presumption is that people are somehow angry when they buy ammunition, whether you're going sport shooting or hunting or just want to be able to protect their family and loved ones, the legislature is presuming that there's some anger issues involved," Buckwald said.
The state senator who filed the bill Sen. Audrey Gibson, of D-Jacksonville, sent FOX 35 a statement saying "The bill is a public safety measure for our state, it aligns the waiting period on all firearms with that currently in statute for handguns, and encourages introspection before purchasing ammunition,"
Former Florida lawmaker Scott Plakon says the bill is a blatant infringement on Second Amendment rights.
"To suggest that if you have not had an anger management class in the last in the last 10 years, you could be put in jail for buying ammunition, this really sets a new standard for outrageous bills to infringe upon our rights," Plakon sad.
If passed, those in violation of the law would face a second degree misdemeanor charge.