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Bill would ban doctors from asking patients if they own guns

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new Wisconsin bill would make it a crime for doctors to ask their patients if they own firearms.

Freshman Assembly Republican Michael Schraa of Oshkosh proposed the bill. He says the decision to own a gun is a personal one – and doctors have no business harassing patients over it.

Health groups oppose the measure, saying it interferes with the doctor-patient relationship.

UW-Madison pediatrician Dipesh Navsaria tells the Wisconsin State Journal it’s routine for doctors to ask about gun ownership. He says it’s no different than asking about other safety measures, like bike helmets.

Under Schraa’s bill, doctors could sent to prison for 9 months, or fined up to $25,000 for violations.

Schraa is the same lawmaker who proposed a bill last week to stop police from enforcing federal gun restrictions on guns made and sold in the Badger State – and technically, are not covered under interstate commerce.