Physicians, Patients, and Firearms: The Courts Say ‘Yes’

Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(10):745-746.
Authors: Marian E. Betz, Megan L. Ranney, Garen J. Wintemute
“On 16 February 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned key provisions of Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA), the 2011 ‘gag law’ that sought to deter physicians from discussing firearms with patients. This 10-to-1 decision focused on physicians’ and patients’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. It upheld the original District Court ruling in favor of physicians who had challenged FOPA and nullified 3 prior opinions by a panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court itself. Four provisions of the law were challenged, and the court invalidated 3 of them.”
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