Massachusetts Politician Wants Docs To Screen For Gun Ownership

This is a weird one. A new bill introduced in Massachusetts would require health care professionals to “systematically screen all patients for the presence of firearms in the home”, and offer “safety counseling” for those who test positive for gun ownership.

As bizarre as it sounds, you can read the bill for yourself. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 236 the following section:-
Section 237. The director shall establish a program for firearm screening and counseling. Such program shall systematically screen all patients for the presence of firearms in the home. The director shall, after consultation with recognized professional medical groups and such other sources as the director deems appropriate, promulgate regulations establishing (1) the means by which and the intervals at which patients shall be screened for the presence of firearms in the home and (2) guidelines for safety counseling for individuals that screen positive for the presence of firearms in the home.
SECTION 2. This section shall take effect 6 months after its passage.

Source: Bearing Arms
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