Florida ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ case stands in docs’ favor
By Chris Eger
The state is not appealing a federal court ruling that barred Florida’s law against health care workers asking about their patients’ firearms.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office and Gov. Rick Scott’s office confirmed to reporters this week that the state will retire from fighting their prolonged battle with physicians’ lobby groups in the case of Wollschlaegerr v. Florida, more popularly known as “Docs vs. Glocks.”
“As a strong supporter of (the) Second Amendment, Governor Scott is glad that a vast majority of this law was never challenged and upheld in court,” said Scott spokeswoman Lauren Schenone.
In February, a 10-1 panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals felt the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, signed into law by Scott in 2011 after passage by the state legislature, placed health care providers at a dangerous crossroads that in the end had a chilling effect on how they could talk to their patients.
“Doctors can choose silence and self-censorship, thereby shouldering the burden of knowing they could have said more, counseled more, and warned more before a tragic accident,” said Judge Stanley Marcus in one of two majority opinions. “Or they may proceed with their speech and potentially face punishment according to the arbitrary