Docs vs. Glocks - The final verdict
Bottom Line: Several outstanding agenda items came to a close with the end of Florida's special session last week. One of them was a bit under the radar. The on again, off again, sage of the 2011 "Docs vs. Glocks" legislation appears to have come to and end for now. The 2011 law stated that physicians wouldn't have the ability to ask patients about whether they own guns. A legal challenge to the law, backed by several groups including the ACLU, resulted in the courts striking down the law. The courts ruled that doctors are protected under the 1st amendment to ask to question of patients. That being said patients are also afforded the right not to answer (creating a potentially odd dynamic with that physician). Anyway, questions remained about what state officials would do, if anything to attempt to further the cause of a patient's "right" to not be questioned about gun ownership by a doctor. The considerations were:
- Appeal to a higher court
- Craft a new piece of legislation addressing some of the courts concerns but still resulting in restrictions for doctors seeking gun ownership information
- Do nothing
State leadership choose the third option. So doctors can ask for information pertaining to gun ownership and you can choose not to answer. As for my interest - it's instructive. We're guns owners and if a doctor seemingly wants that information, I'll have no problem sharing it and I'll find a doctor that's more interested in healthcare than fear of the 2nd Amendment.