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Federal court upholds Florida's Docs vs. Glocks law

Posted: July 25, 2014 - 5:35pm

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court is upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.

A panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday overturned a decision from a lower court that found the law unconstitutional.

The appeals court called the law a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct" and that the limits imposed by it were "incidental."

The law passed in 2011 was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who agreed with doctors and gun control advocates that it violated the free speech rights of Florida physicians.

Attorneys representing physicians said the law censored speech because doctors would not risk a potential loss of license or fines up to $10,000 for violating it.

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Bugleboy
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Bugleboy 07/26/14 - 01:58 am
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I would hope that any patient

I would hope that any patient that is reporting urges to harm themselves or others, would be asked specifically and repeatedly if they have a plan. Asking about access to firearms would not be inappropriate or unconstitutional. It would be irresponsible not to ask. If a plan exists, hospitalization should be sought. We have had enough mass shootings by people with mental illness.

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Max mutt 07/25/14 - 09:48 pm
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Guess this means doctors

Guess this means doctors cannot ask about guns?
It's a bit confusing.

In any event docs should butt out of whether the patient has a gun or not.
None of their business.

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