US doctors in showdown over mentioning guns

The law enacted in June barred healthcare professionals from raising gun ownership unless it was directly “relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others”.

A US court has granted an injunction on free speech grounds, but the state has said it will appeal.

Gunshot injuries resulted in 270,000 deaths – including 20,000 child fatalities – from 1999 to 2007 and accounted for one in 25 admissions to US paediatric trauma centres, researchers said.

Am J Prev Med 2011; online 10 Nov