The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which covers districts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, ruled Thursday against a Florida law banning doctors from asking patients about guns.
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In Georgia, doctors can ask if you own a gun and provide safety tips. Jerry Henry, executive director of Georgia Carry, a gun rights advocacy group, said he doesn’t think they should.
“It’s my private property,” Henry said. “I mean, he doesn’t ask me if I have a car. He only wants to know if I have guns.”
Henry said he would take advice on gun safety from his doctor only if the doctor was also certified in gun safety training.
Donald J. Palmisano Jr. is CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia and said he doesn’t think that’s necessary.
“We don’t see the doctors asking questions as some sort of government intrusion,” Palmisano said, “and I think that’s what’s being lost here. The doctors just doing what they believe is in the best interest of their patients.”
He said doctors often ask about swimming pools and car seats and provide advice, but it’s up to the patient to decide whether or not to follow their advice.
The Florida Attorney General’s office said it is currently reviewing the judges’ decision.