By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare
A federal appeals court has sided with physicians in the so-called Docs vs. Glocks case. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a Florida law prohibiting doctors from asking patients about guns in the home violated a physician’s free speech rights.
The ruling means physicians can counsel patients about firearm safety without fear of facing sanctions or losing their license, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in an announcement. "We are delighted that the constitution has been defended, particularly when it comes to the First Amendment. Pediatricians routinely counsel families about firearm safety just as they offer guidance on seat belt use, helmets and parental tobacco use to reduce the risk of injury to children where they live and play. These are all topics that families should feel very comfortable talking about with their pediatrician,” said Fernando Stein, M.D., the group’s president.
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