The Senate is poised to pass three bills that help gun owners, though all were softened from their original versions, reports The News Service of Florida. One (SB 234) make it no longer a crime to accidentally show a gun that is supposed to be concealed. This bill was ultimately weakened from its original version, which would have permitted concealed gun owners to openly carry guns in stores and college campuses. Another measure (SB 402) applies penalties to an existing state law that prohibits cities and counties from passing stricter gun laws than the state, though it softens the financial penalties city and county commissioners might face to $5,000 rather than $100,000. A third bill (SB 432) limits when a doctor is allowed to ask a patient about gun ownership. This bill was a compromise between the National Rifle Association and the Florida Medical Association. It originally penalized doctors for ever asking the question. It now allows doctors to ask about gun ownership in certain circumstances. The bill sponsor said doctors should lecture about gun safety but don’t need to know about gun ownership. ?hey don? need to know if I own a firearm and where I keep my ammunition,?said Sen. Greg Evers, R-Crestview. Senate Democrats pointed out that SB 432 is still opposed by pediatricians, who feel asking parents questions about safety precautions in their home is an important part of their job. All of the bills are set for Senate approval Thursday
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