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Federal Judge Says Florida Gun Law Violates First Amendment

Repeal Bill Sponsor Calls Ruling “Common Sense”

Published Friday, September 16, 2011 2:02 am
Representative Rick Kriseman

BRADENTON – On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, an appointee of President George W. Bush, ruled that the new Florida law interfering with a doctor’s right to discuss gun safety with a patient violates the First Amendment Rights of both the doctor and the patient.

State Representative Rick Kriseman (D-ST. PETE), who'd advocated for the ruling, called it "common sense."

"The Court’s ruling also reflects that a doctor merely asking a question of a patient does not violate that patient’s Second Amendment Right to own or bear arms,” said Kriseman in a statement, “and with that, I also agree.

"As the sponsor of the bill to repeal this dangerous and misguided law, I am extremely pleased with this ruling and applaud Judge Cooke for recognizing the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. This is a victory not just for the medical community and for those who seek their care, but for common sense."

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