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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Comments (3)
  1. xoxoxoxxox says:

    What do doctors know about guns? What exactly would doctors like to say to people who own guns? Does being a doctor now all of the sudden make you an “expert” on guns? What does “preventive care” have to do with gun ownership? It has little to do with “preventive care” and what’s really gonna happen is that doctors are gonna convey their own personal opinions and discriminate against gun ownership. This is not preventive care. They should definitely not be allowed to speak to any any patient about guns. That is a personal choice…..has nothing to do with their health!!!!!

    1. Atheist says:

      your so right doctors should not ask or say how your doing, how’s the family, nice car, you shouldn’t eat that, you better be careful with xyz, get the point this law is ridiculous if you don’t like what your doctor talks about Find a new one. This is over stepping the law.

      bro if your against the first amendment then please go live in China where everything is “Censored” because the “Care”

      1. Atheist says:

        Sorry for the typos didn’t double check.


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