Colorado Shootings Put Docs vs. Glocks Law in Spotlight
Should doctors warn patients about the risks of guns in the home?
In Florida, physicians who did just that could have lost their medical licenses—until recently.
Weeks before one of the worst gun violence incidents in U.S. history, a group of physicians won a court victory in a little-noticed case against a Florida law that threatened to strip doctors of their medical licenses if they warned patients about the risks of guns in the home.
Florida politicians, citing Second Amendment rights, were adamant that docs weren't in the gun-counseling business, and passed a statute to thwart such discussions. The physicians, however, prevailed in federal court to halt the measure.
It made me ask: How wrong can it be for physicians to raise questions about the presence of a gun in their patients' homes? And how far should physicians go with that discourse?
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