Florida Sued over Ban of Doctors Asking about Guns

June 6, 2011 - 1:27 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing to overturn Florida's new law that bans doctors from asking patients about gun ownership.

The center filed the suit Tuesday in a Miami federal court on behalf of three doctors and three physicians groups. They claim the law violates doctors' First Amendment rights to provide patients with information and advice on how to reduce risks from firearms.

The law's supporters say it's designed to protect patients' privacy as well as their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The Brady Center threatened to sue hours before Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill last week. The Republican governor is named in the suit along with Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Surgeon General Frank Farmer and other state health officials.