Federal Judge Finds Florida Gun Gag Law Burdens Doctors’ Free Speech

Late last month, reports Bloomberg News,  Florida federal judge Marcia Cooke, an appointee of President George W. Bush, struck down Florida’s “gun gag” law. The legislation sought to restrict physician inquiries into patients’ gun ownership. According to Judge Cooke, the legislation signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott  inserted the state “in the doctor-patient relationship, prohibiting and burdening speech necessary to the proper practice of preventive medicine, thereby preventing patients from receiving truthful, nonmisleading information.”