11th Circ. Could Expose Doctors To Greater Speech Limits

By Carolina Bolado (June 10, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT) -- Doctors fighting a Florida law that restricts their ability to ask questions about patients' gun ownership will make their final pitch to the Eleventh Circuit later this month in a case that some fear could provide an open door for politicians to tread on the speech rights of physicians and potentially other regulated professionals, such as attorneys.

After three panel decisions upholding the Firearm Owners Privacy Act, the full Eleventh Circuit will take one last crack at the state law that doctors and professional medical associations say unconstitutionally limits their First Amendment right to freedom of speech and sets a precedent...

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