The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has begun issuing concealed carry permits to gun owners who do not have a criminal record.
The move comes after the state began to issue licenses to more than 5,000 people without a criminal history in late February, according to the Associated Press.
The law allows anyone with a valid permit to carry a firearm anywhere in the state.
It’s also a significant step forward for Florida, which has seen a spike in gun violence since a gunman killed 50 people in December 2016.
Rick Scott signed the bill into law last year, and the state now allows gun owners to carry firearms in bars, nightclubs, movie theaters and other areas where they are permitted.
The new law was prompted by an uptick in gun crimes in Florida in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, which left 49 people dead.
The Department of Public Safety said in a statement that it has issued more than 1,000 permits to those who do have criminal convictions since the law took effect on Feb. 5.
The AP previously reported that Florida had issued more concealed carry licenses than any other state in the country, according and the AP.
Florida is the fifth most populous state in terms of population and the eighth most populous in terms with the number of gun homicides.