Florida and Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Docs v. Glocks' Law

Florida and Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Docs v. Glocks' Law

Florida and Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Docs v. Glocks' Law

Readying for oral arguments in June, attorneys for the state and Second Amendment groups are urging a full federal appeals court to uphold a 2011 Florida law that would restrict doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office and the National Rifle Association filed documents Monday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backing the law, which has become widely known as the "docs v. glocks" law. Other Second Amendment groups, including the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, also made filings last week in support of the law.

 

A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court issued three rulings during the past two years that upheld the constitutionality of the law. But the full appeals court in February agreed to take up the dispute, with opponents arguing that the law violates doctors' free-speech rights. Oral arguments are scheduled for June 21 in Atlanta.

In the brief filed Monday by four attorneys from Bondi's office, the state contends that doctors who are plaintiffs in the case do not have legal "standing" to challenge the law. But even if the doctors have standing, Bondi's office argued the law "passes muster under any level of First Amendment review."

 

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