It's a National Health Risk, But Doctors Still Don't Talk About It

September 8, 2014 12:51 PM

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It's a National Health Risk, But Doctors Still Don't Talk About It

Last month a three-judge panel of the 11th Federal Circuit reinstated Florida's gag law that prevented physicians from talking to patients about guns, a law that had been initially struck down at the Circuit Court level in 2011. Now the physicians have asked for an en banc rehearing of that decision by the entire 11th Circuit which, if the panel decision is affirmed, may move this case one step closer to a hearing before the Supreme Court.

The plaintiff's brief, whose amici reads like a who's who of virtually every medical association beginning with the AMA, notes that "there is no disagreement within the medical community that providing patients with information about firearm safety is a valid aspect of preventive care and thus benef...

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