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Fla. Docs Ask Judge To Block Gag Law On Guns

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MIAMI (CBS4)-Organizations representing thousands of Florida doctors are asking a Miami federal judge to block enforcement of a first-in-the-nation law restricting what physicians can discuss about firearms with patients.

The doctors say the law violates free speech and is unconstitutional. The state contends the doctors are misreading the law and that it fully complies with the Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke heard arguments Wednesday but issued no ruling.

The law went into effect June 2. Doctors say it bans them from practicing preventative care regarding potential hazards in the homes, including guns. Violations could be met by reprimands, revocation of medical licenses and fines of $10,000 per offense.

Lawyers for the state say the law doesn’t restrict free speech but is aimed at preventing harassment and discrimination against gun owners.

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