TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami.com) – The Florida House continued to focus on ancillary issues, compared to unemployment, jobs, and health care, Tuesday night by passing two measures supported by the National Rifle Association.

The first bill (HB 155) limits a doctor from asking a patient about gun ownership if it’s not relevant to the patient’s care and prevents the doctor from noting gun ownership in a patient’s medical file unless the information is pertinent to the patient’s safety or the safety of others.

The bill, which is not without a certain sense of irony for infringing on the doctor/patient privacy, was supported by Republicans who said that “a well-armed citizenry is necessary.”

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer watched the bill’s progress on the House floor and said it’s common for doctor’s to ask about guns in a household, but had no concrete evidence of an exact number of how many people have complained about such questions being asked.

The second bill would prohibit cities and counties for enacting stricter gun laws than the state. It also would impose financial penalties and allow elected officials to be fired for violating the law.

The state Senate is expected to take up the same measures on Wednesday, along with another NRA-pushed bill that would allow gun owners to “open-carry” their guns in stores and other approved areas.

Store owners have fought the bill saying an open-carry law could scare off customers. An amendment to the bill was put in that would only allow guns to be “accidentally” shown at a store.

Combined, the bills represent the NRA’s entire legislative agenda for the current session.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The News Service Of Florida contributed to this report.)

Comments (5)
  1. Harriett says:

    Just what Florida needs, more guns on the streets.

    1. Rick says:

      Legit guns are there already Harriett, you just dont know it because when we are in the grocery line together, my gun is under my shirt, along with my Permit in my back pocket. This law will allow you to know I have a weopon because you will see it. The last thing it would do is put more guns in the street. It would actually cut crime because the crimminal see’s the weopon and moves along to some one where there is no weopon noticable. This is about crime prevention, nothing more. I have armed myself with a gun because before that I armed myself with knowledge. You can also start with knowledge, but to make comments like what you made…makes Americans sound uncapable of taking care of themselves. Leading to more government than what we need in our living rooms.

  2. TwanTru says:

    I don’t like guns but I would rather my neighbors have guns than not.

    Put more money into getting drugs off the street.

    Increase the penalty for minimum amounts of drugs.

    In Middle East they execute drug dealers. Maybe we should too.

  3. Mike says:

    Seriously, guns dont kill people, people kill people. Guns make people respect you, and in some cases fear you. I’d rather have some respect/fear me than have them try to mug me. Give every one who deserves a gun a gun and lets see how the crime goes!

  4. derek says:

    Sheriff, why do you think the NRA is a bad ideology and bad people? I am a card carrying member and I am in no way a bad person. We try and defend our (yours and my) constitutional rights, that our powers that be are trying to take away. And as far as the money side, you really need to get your facts straight

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