NSSF: Senate version of health care bill addresses firearms

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, pro-gun forces were successful at inserting language into the Senate Health Care Bill that prohibits the collection or disclosure of any information regarding the lawful possession or storage of firearms and ammunition in the residence or property of a gun owner.

The bill prohibits the use of any health-related databases from constructing a list of gun owners or questioning individuals to construct such a database. It also bans insurance companies from using possession of a firearm or ammunition as an excuse to limit or not offer coverage. Finally, insurance companies cannot increase premiums due to an individual lawfully owning firearms and ammunition. View bill language (beginning on Page 5).

Whether or not the language remains in the final bill remains to be seen, however, as the Associated Press is reporting that House and Senate Democrats intend to scuttle any plans for a conference committee that would negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation - a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.

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