Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican, announced recently that she would not support bills that allow guns in more places like college campuses and airports.

Joining with Democrats, Flores’ stance effectively kills a slew of gun legislation this year. That made her the latest target of the National Rifle Association, which encouraged members to reach out to Flores and voice their displeasure.

Times-Union Statehouse Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell sat down with Flores for an interview that aired live on Facebook.


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In addition to talking about what it’s like to be in the NRA’s cross-hairs, Flores spoke about her role as chairwoman of the Senate’s health care budget committee and how hospitals are likely to face cuts in Medicaid funding. She also explained why she is sponsoring legislation to help juveniles who are first-time offenders avoid arrest and what it’s like to be a woman in leadership.

Flores is the Senate’s president pro tempore, means she is the second-in-command to President Joe Negron. She said she has realized that after 12 years in the political process she is looked up to as a role model by other women, but it’s not easy juggling her duties in the Legislature while being a mom and wife.