American Academy of Pediatrics

Appeal court to hear 'Docs vs. Glocks' challenge

Appeal court to hear 'Docs vs. Glocks' challenge

TALLAHASSEE — Five years after Florida lawmakers passed what became known as the "Docs vs. Glocks" law, a federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a constitutional dispute that pits physicians against gun-rights advocates.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will take up a challenge by physician groups and individual doctors to the 2011 law, which seeks to restrict physicians from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

The arguments come after years of legal wrangling that has included debates about First Amendment and Second Amendment rights and questions about how far doctors should go in discussing...