The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that doctors must be permitted to talk to their patients about guns, delivering a blow to gun-rights advocates who claim the doctor conversations threaten to infringe Second Amendment protections. In a 10-1 decision, the appeals court ruled that the law — The Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act — violates the First Amendment rights of doctors. In 2011, Florida lawmakers passed the National Rifle Association-backed bill,

nicknamed the “physician gag law.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed the bill into law in June of that year, according to the University of Miami Law Review: [T]he Act provides that a doctor “should refrain from” asking a patient about firearm ownership, unless she believes “in good faith” that the “information is relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others.” CONTINUE