The Florida Roundup: Doctors Banned From Asking About Guns

Aug 1, 2014

Under the 2011 Firearms Owners' Privacy Act, doctors who ask about a patient's gun ownership could risk losing their license to practice medicine.
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On The Florida Roundup: It’s been called the “physician gag rule” or a law that pitted “docs versus glocks.” And a recent federal appeals court upheld the 2011 state law prohibiting doctors from inquiring about patients' gun ownership. The Florida law was the first of its kind in the U.S.

The Court said the decision "simply acknowledges that the practice of good medicine does not require interrogation about irrelevant, private matters." Medical groups say the law threatens their ability to treat and protect their patients based on their professional judgment and it also chills their constitutional right to free speech.

Plus: Wynwood street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue says retailer American Eagle illegally used his work in its marketing campaign. We look at whether street art is challenging conventions about intellectual property.

Guest host Christine DiMattei speaks with  Steve Rothaus and Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald, Michael Van Sickler from the Tampa Bay Times, Carlos Suarez De Jesus of the Miami New Times, Philippa Loengard of Columbia University Law School, and John O'Connor from WLRN-Miami Herald News.