Florida: Military Carry Permits Fast-Tracked, Docs vs. Glocks Upheld

Florida, the state with the most concealed-carry permits in the nation, is now fast-tracking the process for active-duty military members and honorably discharged veterans, according to this story from spacecoastdaily.com.

The announcement from Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam expands upon an executive order issued July 18 by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, which included a requirement that preference be given to members of the Florida National Guard when applying for concealed-weapon licenses.

It's the same order that directed Adjutant General Michael Calhoun to temporarily move National Guard members from six "storefront" recruitment centers to armories.

The changes are in response to the shooting in Tennessee at a military recruitment center on July 16.

There are currently more than 1.41 million CCW licenses issued in the Sunshine State, the story says.

Additionally, for the second time in little more than a year, a federal appeals court upheld a controversial Florida law restricting doctors from asking patients questions, and recording information, about gun ownership.

Medical groups argued that the law, in part, infringed on doctors' First Amendment rights, according to this story from the Miami Herald.

Dubbed the Docs vs. Glocks law, the measure was upheld by an appeals court in July 2014. Medical groups then continued to challenge the law, asking for a rehearing before the entire Atlanta-based appeals court.

"The purpose of the act, as we read it, is not to protect patient privacy by shielding patients from any and all discussion about firearms with their physicians; the act merely requires physicians to refrain from broaching a concededly sensitive topic when they lack any good-faith belief that such information is relevant to the medical care or safety of their patients or others," said the court's majority opinion, written by Judge Gerald Tjoflat and joined by Judge L. Scott Coogler.

The Legislature and Gov. Scott approved the law after hearing accounts of doctors unnecessarily asking questions about gun ownership, or even refusing to continue providing care if such questions weren't answered, the story said.