The Santa Clara County DA office today released this statement:
County Undersheriff, Sheriff’s Captain, local businessman, and Apple’s Chief Security Officer charged with bribery for CCW licenses
A grand jury has brought two charges against the Santa Clara County Undersheriff, a previously indicted sheriff captain, a local business owner and the head of Global Security for Apple, Inc. for bribery.
Undersheriff Rick Sung, 48, and Captain James Jensen, 43, are accused of seeking CCW bribes, while insurance broker Harpreet Chadha, 49, and Apple’s chief security officer, Thomas Moyer, 50 Being accused of offering bribes snaps them.
The defendants will be charged in the San Jose Justice Hall on January 11, 2021. If convicted, the defendants could face imprisonment.
DA Jeff Rosen said, “Undersheriff Sung and Captain Jensen treated CCW licenses as goods and found willing buyers. Bribe-seekers should be reported to prosecutors and not rewarded with compliance.”
The prosecution’s two-year investigation found that Undersheriff Sung, who was assisted in one case by Captain Jensen, was delaying CCW licenses and refused to release them until applicants gave something of value.
In the case of four CCW licenses withheld from Apple employees, Undersheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to get Thomas Moyer to promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office. The promised donation of nearly $ 70,000 worth of iPads was sunk in the eleventh hour shortly after August 2, 2019, when Sung and Moyer learned of the search warrant executed by the prosecutor’s office in the Sheriff’s Office to remove all CCW To seize license documents.
In the case of the CCW license, which was withheld from Harpreet Chadha, Sung managed to get Chadha to promise luxury box office tickets worth $ 6,000 for a San Jose Sharks hockey game at the SAP Center on Valentine’s Day 2019. Sheriff Laurie Smith’s family members and some of their greatest political supporters celebrated their re-election as sheriff in the suite.
The various fees required to obtain a CCW license generally range from $ 200 to $ 400. It is a crime under state law to carry a hidden firearm without a CCW license. Although state law requires the applicant to demonstrate an “important reason” for obtaining the license in addition to completing a firearms course and showing good moral character, the sheriff has a wide discretion in deciding who should qualify.
The states that may be issued today are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island (though I’ve heard mixed things about, like the permits available in Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island are ). In 1986 this split of about 80% to 20% in favor of widespread covert broadcast rights was about 80% to 20% in the opposite direction; One of the most important gun control stories in the last 35 years has been the concealed carry control. Here is the Wikipedia map of the rules as of 2019, county by county; it seems to be correct in general, although I can’t speak for all the details:
(“Constitutional transportation” refers to the fact that covert transportation is permitted without a license. The issuance refers to a regime where law enforcement must issue a license as long as the recipient is a law abiding adult who meets some largely objective criteria.)