Florida state Senator Anitere Flores (R)is facing criticism for her stance on a number of gun-rights measures that will be disputed this year, even announcing that she wouldn’t support a number of them. In turn, only about two dozen of the measures have been considered, and a couple of those will actually see it through to becoming law.
Three bills were approved by the house this week, and two could be enacted as soon as this year.
Detractors believe that Flores, one of the more liberal, Democratic-leaning, Republicans, is to blame for this stagnance in gun reform.
In March, Flores told the Herald/Times that she believes “the members — not just myself, but some others — we’re a little gun-bill fatigued” with the influx of measures that were proposed as growing concerns of terrorist and criminal attacks flooded the news.
Some lawmakers, like Republican Representative Scott Plakon from Longwood, disagree. In a response, Plakon explained that Flores’ response was “more of a political answer, than a policy answer.” Plakon also added that he doesn’t understand “‘Bill fatigue'” and that he believes “we should focus on the policy and, if it’s good, we should bring it up.”
However, Flores has received praise from some on the left like Democratic Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith who said that he applauded “her for her leadership and her courage because without her, we might be dealing with a lot of really extreme proposals.”
With all this being said, the two gun reform bills that have the best chances of passing both chambers, respectively, allow K-12 private schools with religious institutions on site to decide if they want to allow people to carry concealed weapons on the premises and a law that would shift the burden of proof to prosecutors in pretrial hearings that concern “Stand Your Ground” cases.