February 29, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, FL. – A federal appeals court Friday said it will hear arguments in June in the battle about a 2011 Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients’ gun ownership.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled the arguments for June 21 in Atlanta, according to a document posted on the court’s website.
A three-judge panel has issued three rulings that upheld the law, with the most-recent ruling in December.
But the full appeals court then decided to take up the issue in what is known as an en banc proceeding.
The law, dubbed the “docs v. glocks” law, includes a series of restrictions on doctors and other health providers.
As an example, it seeks to prevent physicians from entering information about gun ownership into medical records if the physicians know the information is not “relevant” to patients’ medical care or safety or to the safety of other people.
The law was backed in the Legislature by Second Amendment advocates such as the National Rifle Association but faced heavy opposition from physicians.
Critics argue, in part, that the law violates First Amendment rights.