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Florida Judge Calls Law
July 10, 2012
to Protect Gun Owners Rights
a "Legislative Illusion"
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(GunReports.com) -- In a July 5 letter to Florida-based NRA members and friends, Marion P. Hammer, NRA Past President and current Unified Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director, wrote:
" [on] June 29, in an order that reads like it was written by the Brady Campaign and the anti-gun lawyers of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Miami Judge Marcia Cooke struck down the so-called Docs & Glocks law, which would have protected Florida's gun owner privacy rights.
"Judge Cooke's order ridiculed the law saying supporters of the law couldn't provide anything but 'anecdotal information' to prove the law was needed to protect patients from discrimination. She said the state's arguments in favor of the law rest on a 'legislative illusion.'"
Hammer's letter continued, "Be very careful, ANYTHING you say or tell your doctor in confidence may not be confidential at all anymore, if he/she enters it or has entered it into your medical records. Particularly, whether you have guns in the home and where they are stored.
She said the Florida law, passed to stop doctors from interrogating children and their parents about gun ownership and guns in the home, and entering the information into medical records, is especially important now given the current state of healthcare in our country.
Now, if you own guns or have guns in your home, a doctor can refuse to treat you or your children, Hammer said.
Unless Governor Scott appeals this opinion, there will be nothing to stop doctors from interrogating gun owners and entering gun ownership information into their computerized medical records. Fears are escalating that government will have access to medical records that can become lists of gun owners, Hammer said.
She wrote, "If you doubt the government can access your medical records, ask yourself if you really believed the federal government could force you to buy health insurance."