Florida bill would require ammo buyers to complete anger management class


Florida Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, has introduced a bill that would require anyone seeking to purchase a box of ammunition to complete an anger management course consisting of at least two-hours of face-to-face or online instruction.

Once they complete the course, the prospective ammo buyer would be given a certificate, which they would need to renew every 10 years if they wished to continue to purchase ammo.

Sen. Audrey Gibson

Before you spew your morning coffee all over your laptop, keep in mind that SB 1678 has about as much chance of passing in Florida as would a bill criminalizing the growing of citrus.

Gibson, who was first elected to the state senate in 2011, has also introduced SB 1000, which would make it a crime for someone to possess firearms for 90 days if a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist  presented a “preventative assessment” to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, stating that the person was mentally ill or suffered from a mental defect that, combined with access to firearms, would pose a danger to themselves or others.

Also of some note are SB 1670, which would ban “assault weapons” and standard capacity magazines, and SB 1234, which would impose a tax upon arms and ammo sales – money that would then used for mental health treatment.

I usually turn to my colleagues, our crack political reporters at HT Politics, for help predicting what state pols are likely to do, but I’d bet the farm that Gov. Rick Scott won’t be signing any of these bill into law anytime soon, should they miraculously make it to his desk.








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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.