Florida doctors ask judge to block gag law on guns

MIAMI (AP) — Organizations representing thousands of Florida doctors are asking a Miami federal judge to block a new state law restricting what physicians can discuss about firearms with patients.

The doctors say the law is unconstitutional because it infringes on free speech and for other reasons. The state contends the doctors are misreading the law and that it complies fully with the state constitution.

A hearing is set for Wednesday.

The law went into effect June 2. Doctors say it bans them from practicing preventative care regarding potential hazards in the homes, including guns. Violations could be met by reprimands, revocation of medical licenses and fines of $10,000 per offense.

Lawyers for the state say the law doesn't restrict free speech but is aimed at preventing harassment and discrimination against gun owners.

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