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Opinion: FL primary care docs threaten lawsuit over gun-gag bill

Forbes, June 3, 2011

I wrote earlier about the bill passed in Florida that bans doctors from asking patients whether they own guns. The Florida Medical Association, which purports to represent doctors, refused to stick up for its members in the face of this government intrusion into the exam room. Instead it surrendered faster than the Belgian Army, happily agreeing on a compromise that kept the core gag on doctors intact. The National Rifle Association had gleefully pinned a "kick me" sign to doctors' backs in Tallahassee for all to see. But thankfully not all doctors are represented by a group with such low self-esteem. This week attorneys in Washington representing the Florida chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians wrote a letter to Governor Rick Scott demanding that he veto the bill. What's more, if he doesn't veto the odious bill, the attorneys threatened to sue him and everyone else involved. (Would that include the FMA? Good question.)