New gun control bill would require anger management classes

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:29:50 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 06 2013 11:01:14 PM EST

Florida State Sen. Audrey Gibson explains her vision on a new gun control bill she introduced just before the legislative session.


Florida State Sen. Audrey Gibson explained her vision on a new gun control bill Wednesday night.

Gibson (D-Jacksonville) introduced the bill on Saturday that would mandate gun owners who are purchasing ammunition to take an anger management course every 10 years.

"It is something I am glad people are talking about because it is a public safety issue, for me the bill is about public safety. It simply makes in statute there's a waiting period for all fire arms, which is already in statue for handguns," said Gibson. "The other small part of the bill that seems to be creating the biggest ruckus is the anger management piece that was added that simply says every 10 years you take a 2 hour anger management course online if you would like, print out your certificate and take that with you before you get to buy ammunition."

Gibson said she's worried about people who stockpile ammunition.

"I have done a lot of research over the past few months on the access to ammunition, if you will, and how people can stockpile it," said Gibson. "It's unsafe for neighborhoods, it's unsafe for law enforcement if they happen to go on a call, and so to me we need some checks and balances to ensure the safety of our community."

"I just buy ammo to go to the range and they should take an anger management class? That's ridiculous," said gun owner Brian Fedor.

Cord Byrd, a firearms rights attorney who also says there is no way Gibson's bill will hold up, calls it unconstitutional.

"It's a little bit insulting," said Byrd. "A little bit embarrassing that a state senator would file a bill that implies that everyone would want to own a firearm has an anger problem. I, as a firearm owner, find that offensive quite frankly."

"The anger management clause is not accusatory, it just allows people to be introspective," said Gibson. "What triggers some of your buttons, I think we all need to know that regardless of who we are, so we would like to see that component added."


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