Two-thirds of Americans OK if doctors ask about guns

A majority of U.S. adults say it’s at least sometimes appropriate for doctors to discuss guns with patients during check-ups, a nationwide survey finds.

While just 23 percent of people surveyed thought it was always OK for doctors to ask about guns, another 14 percent said this was usually appropriate and an additional 30 percent considered it reasonable in some situations.

Overall, people who didn’t own firearms were more supportive of doctors bringing up the topic, compared to gun owners.

“I think that some gun owners may have had (or heard of) negative experiences with doctors who were judgmental or offensive, and some may worry that doctors are trying to confiscate guns,” said lead study author Dr. Marian Betz of the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

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