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ARDMORE, OK--Lawmakers in Oklahoma are are proposing a bill that would  prohibit Doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun.

Several local residents we talked to had mixed emotions about the proposed bill.

"I believe in certain scenarios, if a patient suffers from certain disorders such as manic depressive disorder, or clinical depression, and so forth that it would be a very valid question to ask," Resident Allen Young said.

"I don't think they should have any kind of right or any privileges to ask what I have in my house. I can't look at all his credentials to make sure he's a professional dentist or doctor," Resident Derrick Durham said.

An Oklahoma legislative committee has approved a proposal that would outlaw health care professionals from asking if patients own a gun.

Dr. Sarah Veazey is an optometrist in Ardmore. She said when it comes to her patients health, she doesn't think it's relevant to ask them if they own a gun.

"It's not really a conversation that comes up. I have a lot of other conversations that come up that I need to ask them so other than informal conversation, I don't really care if my patients own a gun or not, its Oklahoma I kind of assume everyone owns a gun," Dr. Veazey said.

The bill was proposed by Oklahoma city Republican Sally Kern. According to a written release, the federal health care law has been a subject of controversy since it passed in 2010. Kern said the bill does not exclude mental health care professionals from asking their patients if they own guns. And Dr. Veazey agrees.

"I feel like there's a lot of other things that could be focused on rather than whether all my patients have a gun or not," Dr. Veazey said.