Court hears Florida appeal in 'Docs vs. Glocks' case

Appeals court will likely rule in coming months

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MIAMI, Fla. - A panel of federal judges is hearing Florida's appeal of a Miami judge's ruling that struck down a state law restricting what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing is Thursday in the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" case. The law passed in 2011 was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who agreed with doctors and gun control advocates that it violated the free speech rights of Florida physicians.

The state's appeal calls that ruling an error, arguing the law does allow such conversations for medical and safety-related reasons. But lawyers for the doctors say the law has a chilling effect because of possible fines or loss of licenses for violations.

The appeals court will likely rule in coming months.

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