Jul 11, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
In other news, a victory for good medical care and 1st Amendment rights of doctors. Can one imagine when a state prohibits discussion of ownership of alcohol, drugs, and/or guns with patients?
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Floridas-Docs-vs-Glocks-Law-Shot-Down-161210335.htmlA 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.
“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.