A Florida bill that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm has been sent to Gov. Rick Scott to sign.
The measure passed the House 74-44 on Tuesday.
The bill also prohibits an insurer from disclosing information related to the ownership of weapons by a client without the consent of the insured. It extends to both existing and new policies.
Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation found in a study last fall that one of the state’s top five property insurers — United P&C– addresses the presence of firearms as a factor in underwriting.