Flores' Opposition Likely Tanks Steube's Gun Bills

Mar 8, 2017

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Dozens of gun measures are likely dead this year in the legislature. A key Republican Senator says she won’t support measures like campus carry or guns in school zones.

Miami Republican Senator Anitere Flores says she won’t support the majority of gun-expansion bills before the legislature:

“I do not support having guns on campus. I do not support having guns in airports. I do not support having guns in school zones. I do not support those things," she said.

Flores is second in command of the Senate, and a key member of the chamber’s judiciary committee: a group that has tanked previous measures backed by organizations like Florida Carry and the National Rifle Association.

"Gun issues will continue to be debated, I don’t know if they’ll continue to be debated in this committee. These are bills I wouldn’t be in support of," Flores added.

Her comments came before a vote allowing licensed weapons holders to check their guns at courthouses, and her support for the measure came after she secured a promise from fellow Republican Sen. Greg Steube that other gun measures won’t be attached to the bill later in the process.

Steube is championing most of the gun bills before lawmakers this year. After Flores' comments, he postponed the other gun bills slated to be heard.