Here is a brief description of the bill:
I am going to address specific points:Privacy of Firearm Owners: Provides that licensed practitioner or facility may not record firearm ownership information in patient's medical record; provides exception; provides that unless information is relevant to patient's medical care or safety or safety of others, inquiries regarding firearm ownership or possession should not be made; provides exception for EMTS & paramedics; provides that patient may decline to provide information regarding ownership or possession of firearms; clarifies that physician's authority to choose patients is not altered; prohibits discrimination by licensed practitioners or facilities based solely on patient's firearm ownership or possession; prohibits harassment of patient regarding firearm ownership during examination; prohibits denial of insurance coverage, increased premiums, or other discrimination by insurance companies issuing policies on basis of insured's or applicant's ownership, possession, or storage of firearms or ammunition; clarifies that insurer is not prohibited from considering value of firearms or ammunition in setting personal property premiums; provides for disciplinary action.
In bold. If I practiced in Florida, there is my exception. If I deem my patient or another person's safety is in jeopardy, I can ask without concern for legal ramifications. The Florida legislature or the NRA has no say in whether or not I inquire under those circumstances.provides that unless information is relevant to patient's medical care or safety or safety of others, inquiries regarding firearm ownership or possession should not be made
Good. Could be important.provides exception for EMTS & paramedics
This completely contradicts this:prohibits discrimination by licensed practitioners or facilities based solely on patient's firearm ownership or possession
I have a big problem with the first statement. It DOES take away the right of a practitioner to choose who they will treat.clarifies that physician's authority to choose patients is not altered
Other than this one issue, I generally have no issue with the law. I think it's paranoid and pretty ridiculous/stupid, but if it gets passed, I don't see that it would create major problems.