Court off target in upholding gun law
Although a federal appeals court last week misfired in upholding Florida’s infamous “Docs vs. Glocks” law, the decision may trigger a needed review by the Supreme Court of government attempts to regulate professional speech.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an injunction against the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. The law prohibits physicians from asking their patients about whether they own guns and was a Republican- and National Rifle Association-led attempt to squelch doctors from lecturing parents about gun safety, which critics viewed as “public health,” “anti-gun” advocacy. Thus did the measure acquire the nickname “Docs vs. Glocks.”