Appeal Planned for Florida's 'Docs vs. Glocks' Laws

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
July 30, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Doctors and health care providers challenging a Florida gun law say they will appeal a recent decision to uphold the measure.

A federal appeals court last week ruled that the law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership is constitutional and doesn't violate their First Amendment speech rights.

But the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that doctors represented by the center will appeal the 2-1 decision. The law firm involved in the court battle will ask the entire 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review the ruling.

The law, which had become popularly known as "Docs vs. Glocks," was challenged by organizations representing 11,000 state health providers.

Doctors who break the law could potentially be fined and lose their licenses.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- 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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