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Guns n’ docs compromise passes Senate committee

by Dara Kam | March 28th, 2011

Doctors would still be allowed to ask patients about guns under a compromise measure backed by the Florida Medical Association and the National Rifle Association.

The Senate Health Regulation Committee voted 8-4 to in favor of the measure (SB 432) that would allow health care providers to ask about gun ownership if they believe “this information is relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety.”

But opponents – including Sen. Mike Bennett, a Vietnam veteran – said the proposal doesn’t go far enough to protect the family members of the patients, especially in light of a growing number of veterans returning home from overseas wars with with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

“If you’re a product of it, you understand,” Bennett, R-Bradenton, said. “I’m just concerned about the wife at home the kids at home because I’ve been there, done that. I’m worried about the vet coming home with PTSD, the increases in domestic violence.”

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3 Responses to “Guns n’ docs compromise passes Senate committee”

  1. SR Says:

    Whether or not I own a gun is none of my doctor’s business. If he ever asks me that question, I’ll inform him of that. If asks again, he won’t be my doctor any longer.

  2. AK Says:

    Will the Florida government ever use any common sense?

  3. Curt Black Says:

    The problem with the original bill was that IF the Doctor wrote ANYTHING about the gun ownership, then the DOCTOR is a Criminal.

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