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Doctors continue court fight against Florida gun law

By Associated Press
Posted: August 16, 2014 - 10:15 am ET

A group of doctors challenging a Florida law restricting what they can tell patients about gun ownership has asked that the entire 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta consider the case.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the law known as the Firearm Owners Privacy Act, which prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership or noting that information in medical records unless medically necessary.

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The Fulton County Daily Report says the group of doctors filed a petition Friday, asking the full court to consider the case and arguing the panel's decision conflicts with the U.S. Supreme Court's direction by holding that professional speech is not protected by the First Amendment.

In its 2-1 decision, the panel had called the law a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct."

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