It classifies the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony as a felony in itself, not just a misdemeanor. This doesn’t mean all that much since you have to be convicted of some other felony in the first place for the charge even to apply. It stipulates that for a first offense, the sentence must be served consecutively, not concurrently. That would have affected 178 people state-wide in fiscal 2018, according to the Department of Legislative Services, though any on-the-streets impact from that would be a long way off — it means five years would have been tacked onto the end of their sentences for other offenses, which tended to be lengthy anyway since they were mainly being jailed for armed robbery, first-degree assault, murder and attempted murder. The bill would also double the mandatory minimum for a second offense to 10 years. In fiscal 2018, that would have affected 13 people. In the entire state.