It's now illegal for doctors to ask about the role guns may have played in their patient's gunshot wounds. Thank you NRA/Repubs/Morons.
A court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership is stoking alarm among some medical professionals, who view such questions as part of basic patient care.
Last Friday, in a 2-1 ruling, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta reversed a federal judge in Miami, who struck down the law in 2012 saying that the statute infringed on doctors' free-speech rights.
The two-judge majority found that the main purpose of the law, signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in 2011, isn't to regulate speech, but to improve the quality of medical care.
The law, the court said, doesn't ban doctors from asking patients about guns, but only cautions against it "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."