‘Docs V. Glocks’ Arguments Set For June

March 20, 2016

A federal appeals court has  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.

by The News Service of Florida


14 Responses to “‘Docs V. Glocks’ Arguments Set For June”

  1. David Huie Green on March 24th, 2016 11:17 pm

    ” Donald Trump has made no decisions that have affected our Country in any way, shape or form.”

    Actually, everything he built, everything he didn’t build, financed, didn’t finance, affected the country to some degree.

    Even deciding to run for the Republication nomination made Hillary Clinton’s election more likely.

    David for truth

  2. David Huie Green on March 24th, 2016 11:10 pm

    “Unless I’m eating, drinking or smoking a firearm (all physically impossible) a firearm, ”

    If you can smoke a pipe, you can smoke a gun.
    (It clogs the barrel and is rough on the gun, but you COULD do it)

    David for proper tools

  3. Rodney on March 22nd, 2016 6:16 pm

    @ Christopher…..A tidbit of information for you. Donald Trump has made no decisions that have affected our Country in any way, shape or form. To blame him for what you consider a deficiency is no different than blaming pencils for making grammatical errors.

  4. Captain Willard on March 22nd, 2016 10:21 am

    This is not about mental health. It is about compiling lists of gun owners that will be merged by the government with pistol permits, hunting licenses and membership in hunting and shooting publications. These lists will give the government a starting point when it comes time for them to seize privately owned weapons.

    All an MD has to do is state in his professional opinion a person is unstable or unbalanced for the government to act to seize privately owned guns. It does not have to be true. It is just another way to deny a person the right of self-defense against larger and more powerful predators.

  5. Facetious Bob on March 21st, 2016 11:14 pm

    So me and my doctor talk about guns. We talk about the professor Sigmund Fraud, excuse me, Freud, and, any person who thinks like him has to be a “pretty sick puppy.”

    Then we talk about collectibles, black powder, and old military weapons. Good art, antique cars….better than the stock market. His collection is bigger than mine. Can a Doctor talk to a patient like this? My question is, is he charging me for this “therapy?”

  6. Christopher on March 21st, 2016 11:02 pm

    I don’t see the problem. You all are so picky about things. You wonder why our countrys falling apart. I bet your a Donald Trump follower. You must be. If it sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, and looks like a duck. It must be a Donald Trump follower.

  7. Anne on March 21st, 2016 7:48 pm

    WELL, the Only reason i don’t have my concealed (I’m licensed) carry pistol into the doctor’s office on my person is that they weigh me and every ounce counts.
    But, it is in my SUV and is locked in the console and the car is Locked too and I did not need some goofy looking sheriff to tell ME to Lock MY Car, DUH!!!!

  8. matchbox on March 21st, 2016 6:32 pm

    I see no reason why any would ask such a question….but then again there is only so much conversation you can pack into the 5 min they are with you

  9. Pensacola pete on March 21st, 2016 1:41 pm

    Just tell them you traded all your guns for prescription painkillers and medical marijuana!

  10. No Excuses on March 21st, 2016 8:33 am


    I see your point about mental illness and gun ownership, but where does it start and stop? Run of the mill depression is a mental illness – does that mean a depressed person shouldn’t own a gun? I do agree that violent people with mental illnesses that affect them to the point of loss of self-control should not have firearms. However, that is fairly obvious and a doctor would see it and not even need to ask the question. Lesser mental illnesses that aren’t obvious might require a person to ask, but as I stated before, what are the parameters? When do you ask and when do you not? When does the 2nd amendment cease to be important and the doctor’s opinion more so? Food for thought.

  11. Jane on March 21st, 2016 5:45 am

    If a person has mental health issues I can see a doctor asking about guns. Otherwise they will not get an answer from a lot of people. A person can refuse to answer any question they feel is not relevant to their care, no matter what the question. Of course you may have to find another doctor…..

  12. c.w. on March 21st, 2016 4:07 am

    If any Dr. asked question about gun ownership, tell them it’s none of their business. Then get a new Dr. that’s not so nosey.

  13. SD on March 20th, 2016 10:24 pm

    Here, here. Why doesn’t my doctor track if I’m a car owner? It would seem automobiles pose a much greater health risk than guns. Just another way to control the masses.

  14. Jonathan Allen on March 20th, 2016 3:12 am

    Unless I’m eating, drinking or smoking a firearm (all physically impossible) a firearm, it’s no business of any doctor whether or not I own one.

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