Florida Restriction on Doctors’ Asking About Guns Likely Violates the First Amendment

So holds Wollschlaeger v. Farmer (S.D. Fla. decided today), I think quite correctly. The Florida statute that was finally passed is much narrower than the version that I condemned in January, but it’s still a speech restriction. And though the constitutional status of professional-client speech is unsettled, I think that on balance a restriction such as this should indeed be considered unconstitutional.

I have to run now, so I can’t get into this in more details, but I thought I’d note the case, since I suspect many of our readers will find it interesting. Thanks to Prof. Michael Masinter for the pointer.

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