State Rep. Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican, has made national television -- and probably not in a way he's happy about.
Artiles appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 show Tuesday night to discuss a bill he has co-sponsored stopping doctors from asking patients whether they own guns (pediatricians sometimes ask the question to discuss gun safety around children, for example). National TV before the Legislative session even starts -- cool, right? Except Artiles apparently told host Anderson Cooper that the law would not make it illegal for doctors to ask about gun ownership, only to refuse or base their treatment on the answer to that question.
That made Cooper follow up by reading the bill -- and discussing it again Wednesday night in his "Keeping Them Honest" segment. This time, neither Artiles nor the lawmaker who introduced the bill, state Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, would go on camera, but Cooper said both confirmed on the phone that, in fact, the law would prohibit doctors from asking patients or their families about gun ownership.
"As for why he was so adamantly inaccurate about it last night, we'll let you be the judge of that," Cooper said of Artiles.
See the videos after the jump.
From Wednesday night: