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Fla. Sued Over Ban of Doctors Asking About Guns
Fla. Sued Over Ban of Doctors Asking About Guns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing to overturn Florida's new law that bans doctors from asking patients about gun ownership.

The center filed the suit in a Miami federal court on behalf of three doctors and three physicians groups.

"The best medicine is prevention," said Florida Pediatric Society president-elect Mobeen Rathore. "Unfortunately, I have seen too many tragic outcomes of an accidental shooting."

Rathore calls the new law a gag order. His organization along with the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and The Florida College of Physicians are part of the lawsuit against the state.

Opponents of the law are calling it vague, and say the punishment doesn't fit the crime."It could go to the board of medicine. You could essentially lose your license if you violate it," said Chris Nuland, an attorney for physicians.

Second Amendment Rights advocates maintain asking about guns or ammunition in the home violates the patient's privacy.

"This is a back door way to register guns and figure out who owns them," said Cord Byrd, a lawyer focusing on Second Amendment Rights.

And he has some advice for patients. "If the doctor asks you if you have guns or ammunition in the home, politely say, it's none of your business. There is a carve out in the law that allows doctors to ask about guns if it directly impacts the health of the patient," said Byrd.

But the lawsuit says that just doesn't go far enough. "You're interfering with the physicians ability to help the patient," said Nuland.

The Brady Center threatened to sue hours before Gov. Rick Scott
signed the bill last week. The Republican governor is named in the suit along with Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Surgeon General Frank Farmer and other state health officials.


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