What it doesn’t do:

  • Ban assault weapons. One of the biggest demands of the Parkland students — as well as many lawmakers, including some Republicans generally sympathetic to the N.R.A. — was a ban on assault weapons. 
  • Suspend AR-15 sales. Once it became clear that a majority of the Florida Legislature was not inclined to ban all assault weapons, Senator Oscar Braynon, a Democrat, proposed an amendment to the gun control bill that would have halted AR-15 sales for two years. Braynon’s amendment was rejected.
  • Ban high-capacity magazines. The bill does not ban high-capacity magazines, which can hold as many as 100 rounds. These magazines allow gunmen to shoot more people in less time, because they do not have to stop to reload as often. Like a ban on assault weapons, this is a proposal with widespread public support.
  • Strengthen background checks. Changes to background check procedures have received bipartisan support since the Parkland shooting, but the Florida bill does not address them. Federal law requires background checks for gun sales by licensed dealers, but private firearm sales are not always subject to checks