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February 19, 2013

Does your doctor need to know about your guns?

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma legislative committee has approved a proposal to prohibit health care providers from asking patients if they own guns.

The newly formed Oklahoma House States' Rights Committee narrowly cleared the measure by a 7-6 vote Tuesday. It was proposed by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern.

Kern says the federal health care overhaul forces doctors to ask their patients if they have guns.

The federal health care law has been the subject of intense conservative criticism since its passage in 2010. Interest in gun rights and legislation also has spiked recently after a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school left 20 children and six adults dead last December.

Kern's bill would exempt mental health care providers.

 

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