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Law Summary

Repealed It is illegal for a doctor to ask a patient whether they own a gun.

Full Text of the Law

A health care provider or health care facility shall respect a patient's right to privacy and should refrain from making a written inquiry or asking questions concerning the ownership of a firearm or ammunition by the patient or by a family member of the patient, or the presence of a firearm in a private home or other domicile of the patient or a family member of the patient. Notwithstanding this provision, a health care provider or health care facility that in good faith believes that this information is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or safety or others, may make such a verbal or written inquiry.

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About This Law

Repealed. More info about the repeal here.

We have no idea why this law exists, but this may be the incident that set the chain of event in motion:

Maybe Florida is crazy, maybe people love their guns, maybe they don't trust their doctors. Perhaps it's all of the above.

See a discussion of this law on Slate.

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