In another case that seems more about principle and political posturing than any real purpose, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida yesterday (September 14) issued a stay on a new law essentially prohibiting doctors from asking patients about gun ownership.
Seriously, is this really an issue anywhere? Especially since the law was already riddled with loopholes allowing doctors to bring up the subject if they had reason to suspect somebody was going to come to harm. Or, for that matter, if asking about guns was “necessary” — a very nebulous qualification which, according to the court order issuing the injunction, seems to be interpreted differently by both sides.
The sides here are easily drawn: the gun rights people support the law, wanting to legislate freedom from the medical community’s intrusion into their weaponry habits (though keep in mind that nobody ever lacked the right to refuse to answer the question).
The medical community opposes the law, calling it an infringement on their First Amendment rights — and, for good measure their Fourteenth Amendment rights (“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”).