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Court holds ban on doctors’ gun discussions is unconstitutional

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a February 16 decision, issued what should be a definitive final ruling in a long-running battle over the state’s ban on physicians asking their patients about gun ownership. After several back-and-forth court decisions, the appellate court ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying that it improperly restricted the speech rights of physicians in the state.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a February 16 decision, issued what should be a definitive final ruling in a long-running battle over the state’s ban on physicians asking their patients about gun ownership. After several back-and-forth court decisions, the appellate court ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying that it improperly restricted the speech rights of physicians in the state.

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