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Should doctors be allowed to ask patients about their gun habits?
Should doctors be allowed to ask patients about their gun habits?

Physicians acknowledge that they ask their patients questions that, in any other context, would be considered nosy and meddlesome. They expect to get some pushback. But when physicians in Florida ask whether a patient -- or a young patient's parent -- has a gun in the home, they are now bracing for a call, and possibly a letter of discipline, from their state's medical board. Physicians in Indiana and Texas are on notice that for them, too, such questions may soon be limited by law. Since 2011, Florida has had a law on its books that restricts physicians from making routine inquiries about gun ownership and the storage practices of their patients or their patients' legal...

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