Judge Rules Rick Scott's "Docs and Glocks" Law Unconstitutional

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Florida's Republican legislature and Gov. Rick Scott passed and signed so many controversial bills into law this year that it's hard to keep track.

Earlier this year, Scott signed into law an NRA-backed bill that for some reason prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. (So much for the Republican party being the party of anti-regulation.) Now, a Miami-Dade judge has ruled the law is unconstitutional.

Several physician groups in Florida quickly challenged the law, and today U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke has ruled the law violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Doctors were worried they could be fined $10,000 and lose their medical license for asking patients whether they owned a gun.

Interestingly, Judge Cooke isn't a liberal, activist type. She served as chief inspector general in the Jeb Bush administration and was appointed to her current position by George W. Bush.

Undoubtedly, the state will challenge the ruling, leading to further court showdowns.

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roezee
roezee

I wish people would get it into their heads that being a liberal DOES NOT mean you shouldn't own a gun.  That was another manipulation lie started by the holier than thou right wing who will do and say anything because they know there are enough people out there to keep the lies going.  Keep your gun, but if your child is brought into the emergency room with a gun shot wound don't get pissed at the doctor.  You will have law enforcement asking you a few questions.  First off, how many doctors start a conversation with a patient with 'how many guns do you own'?...get real people.  Rick Scott is an ass and some of you fall for it every time.

DJ Frustration
DJ Frustration

Another in a long line of hypocrisy from the party of less regulation.  Don't these people have better things to work on in the Legislature like creating jobs?  Such idiots in Tallahassee nowadays. 

Anon
Anon

I'm glad the Ist Amendment trumps the 2nd....

That Scott - some crazy mofo - like you say-   difficult to keep up with his madness

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Since when is it the government's job to, uh, create jobs?

Rini Santo
Rini Santo

The first amendmen doesn't trump the 2nd. If you lose one, you WILL lose the other. What I want to know is, since when do doctors ask such questions unrelated to a physical checkup? Medical doctors are not trained in or qualified as psychologists or psychiatrists.

roezee
roezee

funny, I was just telling someone about the CCC and wouldn't you know it, our President is on the right tract.  Yes, the government can create jobs.

Allycatt00
Allycatt00

Psychiatrists ARE medical doctors......... Plus physicians are supposed to determine your health risk factors by asking such questions. Is there abuse in the home, are there firearms in the home, etc. Questions about firearms are routine on initial Pediatric check-ups because of the risk that firearms pose to children. The physician doesn't crucify the parent (because there is nothing wrong with being a gun owner), but makes sure that they are taking the proper precautions to keep their children safe.

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