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Doctors asking about guns and The ATF screwing with shotgun imports.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by KAK, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. KAK

    KAK New Member

    Nov 2, 2009
  2. Beaux Nehr

    Beaux Nehr Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    The Florida bill concerning barring a doctor from asking certain questions is absolutely ridiculous. This bill is extremely detrimental to the cause of the RKBA, in that it makes us look like a pack of uninformed people sporting tinfoil headgear.
    I'd like to see some hard data as to how many doctors have actually ever asked that question. Doctors have a very small window of time to get the information they need, and they're not going to waste it on asking the patient if they own fire-arms.

    The only time I could ever a doctor asking this question is when seeing a patient who is mentally ill (i.e. Cho Seung Hui, or a suicidal person) or was involved in a shooting.

    This law will needlessly tie the hands of a physician who isn't going to risk his license by violating HIPAA, and cannot violate HIPAA just to report to some imaginary gun registry in the first place. This is such a non-issue, that I can't believe a real lobby has taken it up.
    Have you actually read the florida law? Are you familiar with HIPAA? This thing could seriously ruin a physician's career, with absolutely zero benefit to the RKBA. Should asking a patient a question that they're under no obligation to answer be a serious felony? No way. There are very specific instances under which a health care provider can be forced to provide the government with Protected patient info, and I'd like to see the ATF pour through countless medical charts just to find a single, useless piece of information( that they can more easily obtain by strong-arming FFLs into turning over 4473s)

    Furthermore, I don't know how scary your doctor is, but you could always just say "I'm not going to answer that" or "no."

    And yes, before you ask, I am a covered healthcare provider under HIPAA, so I know a thing or two about the laws.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011

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