© 2023 WFSU Public Media
WFSU News · Tallahassee · Panama City · Thomasville
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Flores' Opposition Likely Tanks Steube's Gun Bills

Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores
Anitere Flores via Facebook

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.

Follow @HatterLynn

Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

Find complete bio, contact info, and more stories here.