Your Doctor May Ask About Guns But You Don’t Have To Answer


Just because your physician asks a question doesn’t mean you have to answer.

Some questions doctors ask, either through their patient questionnaires or during examination, relate to whether there are unsecured guns in the home or about domestic partners and violence. The question about guns was introduced in the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. The question about domestic violence — which typically asks whether the patient is in a relationship in which he or she has been physically hurt by or is afraid of his or her partner — was introduced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Answering affirmative to either of these questions could lead to gun confiscation, as is going on now in New York. That State has seen government functionaries rifling through patient medical records and comparing them with gun purchase or concealed carry permit records. Guns are then being confiscated under the State’s draconian gun laws.

But while the physicians have been given leeway to ask, remember you can decline to answer or tell the physician it’s none of his business. That holds true for any question the doctor asks that seems inappropriate. If your doctor pushes, find another.

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  • BrotherPatriot

    Excellent & sound advice, imho.

    What is going on right now across the spectrum of our Government is clearly not what our Founding fathers would have wanted. As a matter of fact, it’s what they warned us about.

    God Bless.

    • FreedomFighter

      Nurse: Do you have guns in your home sir?

      Me: Do you have pink panties on Nurse?

      Nurse: None of your business sir!

      Me: Big smile…

      Nurse: Begins to smile….

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • 5alive5

        I LIKE IT!!!!

  • chocopot

    My boys’ pediatrician group (usually it’s the nurse, not a doctor), at the time of the boys’ annual physicals, has been asking that question for many years now. I normally answer “no,” but from now on, if the question is asked, I am simply going to say that it is none of their business, that such a matter is not a medical issue. BTW, I do own firearms.

    • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

      Unfortunately, by saying, “None of your business,” that type of response implies that you do own guns but just don’t want to tell them. It is better to say NO than to say none of your business.

      • Centurian

        Well, in few years when your doctor works for the government and the ACA is enforced by the IRS, lying to your doctor may be considered “lying to a government official” and may even be a criminal act.

        • 5alive5

          My answer to that is TOUGH!

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Oh sure. We should all cower in the corners and let them turn us into liars instead of standing our ground and telling them that it is none of their dam business.

  • Chris

    Just lie and tell the doctor “no”……….you’re NOT on TRIAL!

  • Jake Thomas

    My little girls doctore asked her if there were any guns in the home. Before she could answer, I said “No”. On the way home, I explained to her why I lied and explained when a lie was bad and when a lie can be a good thing. She now knows that when anyone (including teachers) ask her about guns in the home, that answer is always no.

  • Doctor Mom

    As a physician, I am used to folks not knowing the answer to some questions. I think a less suspicious answer would be “I don’t know” for children. For an adult, perhaps just skip the Q on the questionnaire or “not that I know of”. In any case, if you don’t answer, make this less suspicious by treating a number of other Qs the same way. Example: family history of alcoholism–I don’t know, or skip it; history of surgeries–can’t remember, or list only a few different ones each time; last dental cleaning (or mammogram or Xrays)–can’t remember, or I don’t know, or leave it blank. In any case, don’t draw attention to the gun issue…just be a little dense.

  • JimH

    Since more people die from malpractice on a doctors part than the nobody that was killed by my gun ownership, they may want to avoid the subject.

  • Dan

    Any guns in the home? I really like guns, but my wife will not let me have guns in the house if they cannot be safe.
    To Child
    Are there any guns in the house? Yes, my dad has 2…one, two (showing biceps). Done, no lies, no “no comment” (which equals yes).

  • 5alive5

    there are a lot of over zealous Dr.s out there. They have the mistaken idea that they are saving lives by getting guns out of all hands. I like the heck out of my Dr., she has her 12 year old son on the range teaching him PROPER RESPECT for ALL weapons!! I know this as I have seen her there!