Thursday, February 23, 2006

Physicians to lose license in Virginia

After a litany of lame-brain bills in the state legislation, this year's winner is a bill introduced by Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Martinsville and now being considered by the Senate.

This is how the law would work. Unless a person is being treated for a gun-related incident, physicians are not allowed to ask their patients whether they own a gun or not; and if they do, they could lose their license to practice.

The Virginian-Pilot reports today the bill "sailed through the House by a vote of 88 to 11 last week."

The legislation is opposed by The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics because it blocks a common practice by medical professionals to inquire about gun ownership and safety when they go over a safety checklist with parents during a child's regular checkups from birth to puberty.

"We saw the bill but presumed no one in their right mind would put it through," said Dr. Leslie Ellwood, chapter president. "We thought it was such an unusual bill that
anyone with common sense wouldn't pass it."

This bizarre bill will hopefully die a fitting death in the Senate.

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