SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general on Thursday appealed a federal court decision that overturned San Diego County’s concealed weapons restrictions.

Kamala D. Harris asked the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision made by a three-judge panel of the court on Feb. 13.

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That panel struck down requirements by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department that applicants for concealed weapons permits must show “good cause,” such as working in a dangerous job.

The appellate panel, in a 2-1 ruling, said that requirement violates the constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms.

State law requires applicants to show good moral character, have good cause and take a training course. It’s generally up to the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs to issue the permits, and the vast majority requires an applicant to demonstrate a real danger or other reasons beyond simple self-defense to receive a permit.

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The San Francisco-based panel said those requirements were too strict and ran afoul of a 5-4 landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2008 that struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban and said law-abiding citizens are allowed to have handguns in their home for self-defense.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore had said he wouldn’t appeal the decision but Harris said there was a safety issue at stake.

“Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon,” she said in a statement. “I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement’s authority to protect public safety.”

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