Docs vs Glocks: 1-0

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    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? 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.
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    Jul 11, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    I have mixed emotions on this one. In some ways, it is good for such information to be tacked into medical records, but in other ways it is a hindrance. I think we will have to see what the appeals court does, as well as future litigation involving malpractice related issues as they arise.
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    Jul 11, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    This is a wholly GOP sponsored law. .. interesting huh? Whats that again about the GOP's 'big government OUT of our lives'? Oh yeah.. just hot air.. I forgot!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif