THE DISTRICT
Concealed-weapons permit change in effect

An individual who wants to carry a gun on the streets of the nation’s capital no longer needs to provide a “good reason” to obtain a concealed-weapons permit after a court order took effect Friday morning.

The order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit went into force shortly after 8 a.m. — less than 24 hours after D.C. officials said they would not ask the Supreme Court to review the decision in Wrenn v. District of Columbia.

Applicants still must go through criminal-background checks and demonstrate that they have had firearms training.

— Peter Jamison

MARYLAND
School staffer charged with sex offense

A former paraeducator and after-school program employee turned himself in to Montgomery County police Thursday to face charges that he inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at a Potomac elementary school in November 2016, officials said.

County police arrested and charged Roy Andres Simmons III, 41, with one count of fourth-degree sex offense and one count of second-degree assault, officials said.

Police said Simmons, of Gaithersburg, worked for a company called “Kids Adventures,” which ran a program at the victim’s school, Carderock Elementary, and a school official said he also worked part-time for the county in the school.

School officials said he was immediately fired.

— Clarence Williams

THE REGION
Gang-related killings in Anne Arundel

Authorities in Anne Arundel County, Md., said Friday they had found the bodies of three people killed in what they called gang-related homicides.

Police Chief Timothy J. Altomare said at a news conference that “multiple suspects” have been arrested, and he pleaded with anyone who is in fear of gang threats to call police.

Altomare declined to identify the victims or suspects, or what gang or gangs were connected with the killings.

He also did not say where or when the bodies were found. Altomare said he was withholding information, in part, because of concerns about the safety of other individuals.

— Dan Morse