Florida's Department of Health is appealing a federal court decision that blocks a law prohibiting doctors from discussing gun ownership with patients.
A U.S. District judge in Miami ruled last month in favor of preventing the controversial legislation from going into effect. At issue was whether the law, the Firearm Owner's Privacy Act, violated providers' freedom of speech.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed its lawsuit last year to stop the law from being implemented. The group said it would prevent providers—particularly pediatricians—from discussing the risks posed by owning a firearm and how to store it safely.
Other opponents of the law include the American College of Physicians and the Florida Pediatric Society.