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Fla. to Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns

'Docs vs Glocks' bill passes state senate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 8:54 AM CDT
Fla. to Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns
Glendale, UNITED STATES: A man chooses a gun at the Gun Gallery in Glendale, California, 18 April 2007. The massacre at Virginia Tech has ignited fresh talk in the Democratic-led US Congress about tightening US gun laws but it is doubtful enough lawmakers will tackle the politically charged issue. With...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Doctors in Florida will be restricted from asking patients about gun ownership under a bill headed for Gov. Rick Scott's desk. The so-called "Docs versus Glocks" bill passed by the state Senate yesterday was introduced after a woman complained that her pediatrician told her to find another doctor when she refused to answer a question about guns in her home. Doctors will no longer be allowed to ask the question as part of a routine medical survey, reports Reuters.

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Critics say doctors need to talk about gun safety—especially to the parents of young children—and liken it to asking parents if they have a fence around their pool. That argument was rejected by the Republican who sponsored the bill. "I don’t believe it says in the Constitution that you have the right to own a pool,” he said. “This is about protecting and affirming our Second Amendment rights.” Florida's Senate has also passed a bill banning local governments from passing stricter gun laws than the state. (Read more gun control stories.)

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