I love the idea of the bill, and wish it would find it’s way to the national stage at some point. I personally find the whole idea of doctors asking about firearms to be very intrusive, especially in light of it’s complete irrelevance to my healthcare.
I do think the proposed penalties are pretty harsh though, and it’s sure to be something that gets negotiated down if this ever comes near a vote:
Sponsored by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, the bill (HB 155) would make it a felony for a physician or staff member to ask patients or family members of patients if they own guns or store guns at home. If found guilty, the medical provider could be fined up to $5 million or face up to five years in jail. The measure has been referred to three House committees but has yet to be scheduled.
With the other bills expanding gun rights on Florida Legislators’ agenda, it’s looking like a pretty good year down there.
The Ammoland Blog has an article that explains why this is important.