11 May '11, 2am

Florida To Prohibit Doctors From Asking About Guns #p2 #topprog

Florida To Prohibit Doctors From Asking About Guns #p2 #topprog

A bill making its way through the Florida legislature would make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is intended to circumvent pediatricians who routinely ask parents if they have guns at home and, if so, if those guns are stored safely. Pediatricians defend the practice, saying it is about preventing avoidable and accidental gun injuries. Gun rights advocates accuse the doctors of promoting a political anti-gun agenda. They take those claims one step further and call the question an invasion of a gun owner's privacy. NRA lobbyists helped write the bill that broadly bans health professionals from asking about guns. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign the measure. The bill avoids a blanked gag on doctors by allowing them to ask questions about guns if it the doctor feels it is directly relevant to ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/florida-to-...

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