Jacksonville FL Anger Management for More than Battery

Duval County Simple Battery

Anger Management is often required for battery, but what about a gun purchase?

As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I have represented people charged with crimes such as Florida assault and battery.  Jacksonville aggravated assault is a felony and simple assault is a misdemeanor.  The same is true for Jacksonville aggravated battery and simple battery charges.  When a person is placed on probation for an assault or battery charge, counseling may be a part of the probation sentence.  With Jacksonville domestic battery charges, a Florida domestic violence class is part of the sentence.  This is called the Batter’s Intervention Program.  There is also a program called SAFE as a condition of domestic battery probation sentences.  For a Jacksonville simple battery case, anger management may be a condition of probation.

Anger management is an eight-hour counseling course.  You may be able to take it over two days by going for four hours a day.  You may be able to complete the anger control course in one eight-hour day.  The Salvation Army holds it.  According to the Salvation Army’s Northeast Command:

“The Salvation Army’s Anger Management Program is another time-tested program designed to help men and women by teaching them specific techniques and skills to improve their ability to cope with anger. The eight-hour curriculum, conducted in Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties, serves clients who are court ordered to complete the course as a condition of their probation.”

If a Florida firearm law is passed, an anger management course may be required to purchase a gun.  Jacksonville’s First Coast News reported:

“A mandatory anger management program before you can buy ammunition? That’s what one Florida lawmaker who represents part of Duval County wants to see happen.  State Senator Audrey Gibson, a Democrat representing District 9, said she is surprised at the reaction the bill she filed Friday is getting. She intended the bill to reduce anger not cause anger, but she says her office has gotten phone calls not only from Floridians but even some from out of state.  Bill 1678 is two-fold. It would require a three day waiting period for the sale of any firearm, but what is stirring the most controversy is a requirement that would make it a crime to buy ammunition unless you presented a certificate showing you completed a minimum two hour anger management program either online or face to face. If it becomes law, you would be required to renew the certification every 10 years.”

Gibson presented this firearm law due to the murder of Jordan Davis.  This case has been discussed often by Jacksonville criminal attorneys due to Michael Dunn possible claim under Florida’s stand your ground law.  Read Southside Jacksonville Florida Shooting Murder Charges for more information.  Gibson believes that the anger management course requirement will help reduce shootings based on people losing their tempers.  This possible gun law has been criticized.  First Coast News further reported:

“The owner of St. Nicholas Gun and Sporting Goods store in Jacksonville said if bill is passed it would likely slow down his business, he thinks it would lead to ammunition being sold on the black market. ‘It’s the stupidest bill I have ever heard. It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s not going to help anybody. Most people get angry they don’t go out and shoot anybody. It’s common sense,’ said Paul Rukab.”

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