Florida Senate Proposal Would Require Bullet Buyers To Take Anger Management Course

The anger management certification, proposed by Sen. Audrey Gibson, would have to be renewed every 10 years

By Gilma Avalos
|  Thursday, Mar 7, 2013  |  Updated 1:16 AM EDT
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For Jeremy Mora, shopping for bullets at the National Armory in Pompano Beach involves a relatively quick and easy transaction. But if a bill introduced by a Florida senator passes, he'd have to show proof that he's taken an anger management course to buy ammunition.

"I don't think it would really prove anything because anyone can pass a course," said Mora, who is skeptical about how effective the bill would be at curbing gun violence.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Democrat from Jacksonville. It would make it illegal to sell bullets to a person unless he or she has taken an online or face-to-face anger management course that is at least two hours long.

The anger management certification would have to be renewed every 10 years.

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"The real problem is mad people aren't out killing people. Crazy people are killing people," said gun shop owner Jeff Dillard, who believes the bill is not a viable answer to gun violence because it does not address mental health issues.

Gibson told Fox News the general safety of the community is what's behind the proposal.

“It’s a step, I think, in a safer direction. It’s about getting people to think before they buy,” she said, according to Fox News.

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Mora argued, "People that buy bullets and buy guns to do harm with them don't buy them legally.”

Gun rights activists say they have little faith the bill will pass in Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature.

"Ridiculous. It's not going anywhere," Dillard said.

If it does pass, obtaining ammunition in a fraudulent manner would result in a second-degree misdemeanor.

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