TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court is upholding a Florida law that restricts what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.
The Firearm Owners Privacy Act prohibited doctors from asking patients about gun ownership or recording that information in medical records unless it was medically necessary
The law that passed in 2011 was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who agreed with doctors and gun control advocates that it violated the free speech rights of Florida physicians.
A panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday overturned that decision.
The appeals court called the law a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct" and that the limits imposed by it were "incidental."
Attorneys representing physicians said the law censored speech.