he National Rifle Association is celebrating new Florida legislation the organization believes will take politics out of the doctor’s office.
Many pediatricians, now barred from asking patients about their guns, say the only thing removed from their office is safety.
HB 155 currently awaits Governor Scott’s signature. It prohibits pediatricians from asking any questions about gun use or ownership unless it is relevant to their patients’ care or safety.
“This legislation takes the politics out of the examining room,” said NRA Spokeswoman Marion Hammer. “Get back to the basics, good quality medical care.”
Dr. John Curran, a pediatrician and professor at USF, says he and his colleagues ask questions about guns in order to give quality medical care.
“We want to point you to information for safe storage of weapons and safe handling,” Dr. Curran said. “It’s part of educating parents.”
Source: Alison Morrow for ABCActionnews.com.