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Doctors will have to find a reason to ask a patient about guns, in a bill now headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. HB-155, Privacy of Firearm Owners, passed in the Florida Senate Thursday morning.

The original bill, sponsored by FL Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), would have punished doctors with up to five years in prison, and fines, for asking patients about guns.

The version going to Gov. Scott allows doctors, and other health care workers to ask about guns if they believe the information is “relevant to the patients’ medical care or safety, or the safety of others.”

The Florida Medical Association said there are good reasons to ask whether a gun is in the home. Pediatricians and Democrats oppose the bill. They say it interferes with patient care.

Source: CFnews13

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