As the Gainesville Sun reported, “HB 155, which takes effect immediately, allows doctors to ask about gun ownership and record that data only when they believe the information is pertinent to a patient's safety and health. If the Florida Board of Medicine finds a doctor out of step with the law, the doctor could face various penalties, including fines of up to $10,000.”
In large part, the bill stemmed from a case last year when, “during an examination of her then 4-month-old baby, Amber Ullman of Summerfield declined to tell her child's pediatrician whether she owned a gun. Dr. Chris Okonkwo dismissed her from his office, telling her she had 30 days to find a new pediatrician and that she was no longer welcome at Children's Health of Ocala.”
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“Physician groups argue they should be able to ask patients about firearms because not securing guns can lead to a greater risk for death or injury,” the Sun noted.
Shortly after HB 155 was signed, three Florida physician groups, plus the anti-gun Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, announced they would file a lawsuit to block the new law.
Source: Gainesville Sun 6/3/11:
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