By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare
Although the case may ultimately be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court, a recent appeals court ruling keeps the door open for physicians to ask patients about gun ownership. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that a Florida law prohibiting doctors from asking patients about guns in the home violated a physician’s free speech rights. The ruling in the so-called Docs vs. Glocks case allows physicians to ask about gun ownership, to advise patients about gun safety and to document that information.
The ruling overturned most aspects of the controversial 2011 Florida law, called the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act. Only one provision—that healthcare professionals cannot refuse care to patients who own guns—was upheld.
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