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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and a well-heeled coalition of Florida doctors are filing a federal lawsuit to block a law Gov. Rick Scott signed last week that restricts physicians’ ability to ask patients about guns in their homes.

The bill (HB 155) signed by the governor last week would require that doctors, emergency medical personnel and other health-care providers refrain from asking about gun ownership unless they “in good faith [believe] that this information is relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others.” In addition, they could not enter the response into a database.

The bill passed after lobbyists for gun-rights groups and the Florida Medical Association cut a deal that removed the original bill’s jail time for doctors and weakened other restrictions. But other physician groups — most noteably, pediatricians — were left out of the deal.

Source: Aaron Deslatte for Sun Sentinel.

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