For passing a law limiting physicians from talking to their patients about gun safety, the first 2012 Muzzle goes to…
The National Rifle Association and other groups asserted that physicians asking their patients about gun ownership and usage was inappropriate and a possible violation of the patients’ privacy and Second Amendment rights. In response to the Ocala Incident, the Florida
Legislature drafted and passed the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, which stated physicians should refrain from asking patients questions about firearms unless they were necessary for medical care. Under this first in the nation law, violators were subject to disciplinary action including loss of the doctor’s medical license and fines up to $10,000.
Speech about gun safety and rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment are not at odds. Indeed, the NRA provides an extensive amount of information on how to safely operate firearms, and sponsors numerous gun safety clinics.
Governor Scott has vowed to appeal, saying that he is “confident” the state will be successful.
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