In a statement released Monday afternoon, Robert M. Wah, M.D., President of the American Medical Association said, "We are disappointed by the court's ruling to uphold a Florida law that seeks to bar physicians from freely discussing firearm safety with their patients. This law poses real harm to patients as it interferes with physicians' ability to deliver safe care, and hinders patients' access to the most relevant information available. The AMA strongly believes the patient-physician relationship must be protected, because physicians provide appropriate treatment options based on open, honest and confidential communications with their patients.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council issued a report in 2013 that stated that in 2010 more than 105,000 people were killed or injured in firearms-related incidents.
Data on firearms violence in the United States could become more difficult to obtain since Congress, at the behest of the National Rifle Association, eliminated funding for gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NRA, one of a long list of defendants in the case, applauded the court's ruling. The gun lobby had pressed the Florida Legislature to pass the 2011 law. The NRA said in a media release that the law is needed to protect gun owners' privacy rights "from Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians, along with a number of other groups and individuals backed by the anti-gun community…"