A federal judge in Miami has blocked enforcement of a first-in-the-nation Florida law restricting what physicians can say about guns to their patients. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Wednesday that the law violates the Constitution's free speech protections for both doctors and patients.
The law pushed by gun rights supporters took effect June 2. It was immediately challenged by physicians' groups who contended it violates longstanding preventative medical practices. Supporters claimed the doctors' questions are an invasion of privacy.
The measure was watered down by state lawmakers to allow exceptions. For example, a doctor could ask a person with mental problems about guns at home.
Still physicians were concerned a patient could file a complaint that might lead to loss of their medical licenses and fines up to $10,000