By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
June 13, 2011

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, signed a law this month making the state the first to prohibit doctors--including pediatricians--from asking patients or patients' parents whether they own a gun.  Doctors who do ask such questions are subject to discipline by the state's medical board.  Several other states are considering similar proposals, according to an article published in The Boston Globe.

Gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, supported the bill on the grounds that it protects a family's right to privacy.  "You have a right to seek medical care without being interrogated about the private property that you own," Marion Hammer, executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida and a former National Rifle Association president, told the Florida Times-Union newspaper in January.

What do you think about this new Florida law, and about the rights of doctors to advise patients on gun safety?

(image via: http://ohmdkids.org)

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