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Freshman lawmaker Jason Brodeur suggests doctors can use gun information against you



One of the more talked about bills so far in 2011 comes from Sanford freshman state Rep. Jason Brodeur. The Republican has filed HB 155, the Privacy of Firearms Owners Act, which seeks to punish doctors with fines up to a $5 million for asking a patient or a patient's family about gun ownership and gun habits. PolitiFact Florida decided to examine the bill, and part of the reason he says he's bringing it up.

Brodeur told the Fort Myers News-Press he's concerned about doctors asking patients about guns in the home and then allowing that information to get into the hands of the government or insurance companies. That could lead to higher insurance premiums for gun owners or a national gun registry.

"What we don't want to do is have law-abiding firearm owners worried that the information is going to be recorded and then sent to their insurance company," Brodeur said. "If the overreaching federal government actually takes over health care, they're worried that Washington, D.C., is going to know whether or not they own a gun and so this is really just a privacy protection."

Our analysis is here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:35pm]


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