Florida's 'Docs vs. Glocks' Law Shot Down

Law that prohibited doctors from discussing guns with patients thrown out

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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A Florida law that banned doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients has been shot down by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke permanently ruled against the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law on Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

Cooke, who had issued a preliminary injunction last September, said the law was so "vague" that it violated the free speech rights of doctors.

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“What is curious about this law — and what makes it different from so many other laws involving practitioners’ speech — is that it aims to restrict a practitioner’s ability to provide truthful, non-misleading information to a patient, whether relevant or not at the time of the consult with the patient,” Cooke wrote in her 25-page ruling.

The law, called the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act, was adopted in 2011 after a physician refused to see an Ocala couple that refused to answer questions about guns. The law was backed by the National Rifle Association.

House sponsor Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, said an appeal is likely, according to the Herald.

 

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