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Bill would prohibit docs from asking patients about guns

Published On: Jun 19 2013 10:44:24 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 10:48:11 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

Health organizations said a Wisconsin bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own guns would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

The bill was proposed last week by Republican Rep. Michael Schraa, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. Schraa said the decision to own a firearm is a personal one, and that patients shouldn't be subject to harassment from physicians.

But health organizations said the measure interferes with a doctor's ability to educate patients about firearm safety.

University of Wisconsin Health pediatrician Dipesh Navsaria said asking about gun ownership is routine. He said it's no different than asking about other safety measures such as car seats and bike helmets.

Doctors who violated the ban could face a $25,000 fine or nine months in prison.

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