Rep. Rick Kriseman proposes repeal of ‘Docs & Glocks’ law

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Get ready for another legislative shootout about the “docs v. glocks” law during the 2012 legislative session, warns the News Service of Florida. Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, filed a bill (HB 4015) this week that would repeal a new law aimed at restricting doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. The law touched off a fierce lobbying fight during the 2011 session, pitting the National Rifle Association against doctors. Some doctors also have challenged the law in federal court. The law says doctors and other health-care practitioners “shall respect a patient’s right to privacy and should refrain” from asking about gun ownership or whether people have guns in their homes. It also, however, says health providers may ask about guns if they believe in “good faith” that the information is relevant to a patient’s medical care or safety.

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