A Florida Judge Overturned A 'Curious' Law Barring Doctors From Asking About Guns

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The gun lobby can’t stop Florida doctors from talking to patients about the perils of firearms.A federal judge blocked a law late Friday that barred Florida doctors from chatting with their patients about guns, in a dispute that came to be known as “docs v. glocks” the Miami Herald reported.

Judge Marcia Cooke said in her ruling that the “curious” law violated doctors’ right to free speech under the First Amendment, the Herald reported.

Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the law in 2011 after an Ocala, Fla. couple claimed their doctor stopped seeing them after they refused to answer his questions about guns.

Physicians opposing the law claimed it prevented them from warning patients about the risks of having guns in their homes, the Herald reported.

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