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Texas Bill Would Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns

In the latest gun-related legislative issue, Texas considers whether or not doctors should be asking about guns.

The Texas Tribune recently reported on HB2823, a bill that would essentially prohibit medical physicians from questioning patients about firearms.

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Though the bill is opposed by many in the medical community, it is ironically being introduced by state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, who works as a surgeon.

According to Spitzer, the core of the problem lies in pediatrics, where physicians have been known to ask children whether or not there are guns in their homes, unbeknownst to and away from their parents. The answers to the question are then added to electronic health records, which can be accessed by the federal government.

Under the proposed legislation, psychiatrists would still be allowed to ask about gun ownership, mainly due to the fact that suicidal patients are more likely to be under their care.

A similar law was passed in Florida in 2011, and was upheld after a visit to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

As Texas continues to debate several gun-related pieces of legislation, this latest proposal yet again evokes the importance of the gun law issues affecting the state, and the country as a whole.

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Texas Bill Would Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns