MIAMI - An attorney for the state of Florida is arguing that a law restricting what doctors can ask patients about gun ownership should be reinstated.
Florida Solicitor General Allen Winsor argued Thursday that the "Docs vs. Glocks" law passed in 2011 by the Legislature didn't prohibit doctors from asking patients about gun use, but only suggested they exercise restraint.
Winsor made his argument before a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge struck down the law last year, calling it an impermissible restriction on free speech. The state appealed.
One of the panel's judges expressed concern that allowing doctors to ask about guns could devolve into a situation in which physicians begin collecting lists of gun owners and turning them over to the federal government.
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