Court: Florida Doctors Can Ask Patients About Guns
A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Florida doctors can talk to their patients about gun ownership and safety.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit struck down a provision of the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law barring doctors from asking patients about guns unless the information is medically relevant.
The court found that the law - which was passed in 2011 and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott with strong support from the National Rifle Association - violates a doctor's right to free speech.
On "Varney & Co." today, Judge Jeanine Pirro argued the law was necessary because doctors are overstepping their bounds and pushing an anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment agenda.
She said the only information a doctor should be allowed to know about a patient is that which is relevant to his or her diagnosis, and gun ownership doesn't fit the bill.
"I have a lot of guns, Stuart, and it's not my doctor's business," Judge Jeanine said. "Keep your stethoscope on my heart and not in my gun cabinet."
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