US: Florida moves to penalise enquiries from physicians on gun safety

In the US, the state legislature of Florida recently approved a Bill that would penalise physicians for asking parents if there is a gun kept in their home. Four other states are considering similar legislation. Researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center said, “We feel the criminalisation of a key public health approach to firearm safety is not only an infringement upon the doctor-patient relationship, but one that stands to increase the risk a gun in the home poses to children. Questions about gun ownership and storage practices are intended to help parents with guns ensure the safety of children in their home, just as questions about seat belt use are intended to help ensure the safety of children in cars. We hope no state will become the first state to force physicians to remain silent on any issue pertinent to child safety”. Read more here.