SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore says he won't fight a federal appeals court decision that overturned the county's concealed-weapons restrictions.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that people seeking concealed weapons permits need only cite a need for self-defense.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department required applicants to show they had good cause to carry concealed weapons, such as working in a dangerous job.
Gore said Friday that he won't ask the full appellate court to review the ruling.
The case now returns to a lower court.
Gore says people can apply to the Sheriff's Department for permits under the looser guidelines but the permits won't be issued until the lower court rules.
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