"Every gun owner in Florida and across the country is grateful for this common sense ruling. It is not a physician's business whether his or her patient chooses to exercise their fundamental, individual right to own a firearm," said NRA lead lobbyist Chris Cox.
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said he was "astounded" by the appeals court's ruling. The ACLU had filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the physicians.
"It's a sad day when judges tell doctors what is in the best interest of their patients," Simon said in prepared remarks. "This unconstitutional law gags doctors and prevents them from talking to their patients about measures to help parents protect children from guns in the home. The only thing that makes this discussion 'bad medical practice' in the view of two federal judges is the fact that it has to do with guns."
Simon said he expects that the ruling will be overturned when the case is reheard by the full appeals court.