Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, Jr. and State Senator Audrey Gibson filed bills to mandate anger management classes for anyone wishing to purchase ammunition. The two bills (HB1229 and SB1678) call for 60 days in jail for anyone who sells or attempts to purchase ammunition without first taking a class usually mandated for people who can't control their angry outbursts.
Multiple attorneys, including Florida Carry lead Counsel Eric J. Friday called the proposed law "clearly unconstitutional". Gun owners contacted statewide had one word that was used by each to describe the bill, "ridiculous".
Senator Gibson said that she wanted people to be "introspective" when they purchase ammunition and pointed to the shooting death of a Jacksonville 17 year old. She went on to opine that critics upset about the bill may need an anger management class.
"I'm concerned about stockpiling," said Gibson. Calling it an issue of concern for police and the community in general that people may have more ammunition than they need tucked away in back bedrooms and garages.
Thus far, House Minority Leader Thurston has been largely silent on the proposal. Using one of the five bill slots allotted to any house representative, and being filed by the House Minority Leader himself clearly shows that the legislation is a high priority for Florida Democrats. Even with the apparent push by party leadership, the bill has little chance of getting through committee intact.