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Back in the news- the DA investigating the Sheriff;

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Prosecutors in Santa Clara County have served at least three search warrants while investigating whether Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office gave out coveted concealed-gun permits in exchange for campaign money, sources familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office raided the sheriff’s San Jose headquarters Aug. 2, seizing evidence through a search warrant that remains sealed. About a week before that, sources said, prosecutors served search warrants on two of the sheriff’s higher-ranking supervisors.

Among those who have been contacted by investigators is AS Solution, a security company whose bodyguards protect Silicon Valley tech executives. Public records show one of the company’s managers gave a large contribution last year to an independent expenditure committee supporting Smith’s re-election.

The sources, who are people familiar with details of the investigation, spoke on the condition they not be identified and in accordance with The Chronicle’s policy on using such sources. The probe was first made public by the website San Jose Inside.

The sheriff did not respond to requests for comment. A personal attorney for Smith, who was voted into office in 1998, said she has never exchanged campaign contributions for gun permits.

“It’s absurd this is an issue given the stinginess in which the sheriff gives out” the permits, said the attorney, Rich Robinson.

Prosecutors are investigating the Sheriff’s Office at a time when demand for specialized security is high among Silicon Valley companies and executives, particularly since April 2018, when a disgruntled YouTube video creator stormed the company’s San Bruno headquarters and shot three people before taking her own life.

Many private guards are retired police officers who may carry hidden guns in California. Those who are not retired officers must apply for permits from their home city or county. The permits generally must be renewed after two years.

It is unclear how many of those licenses have been granted in Santa Clara County, where officials have denied The Chronicle’s requests for information about issued permits, citing the investigation. They also said such a disclosure would not serve the public’s interest.

The ease of obtaining concealed weapon licenses can vary widely by county. San Francisco’s sheriff has no active licenses, the sheriff in Alameda County currently has granted more than 250, and Solano County has more than 2,300.

A century-old state law requires successful applicants to complete a training course, be of “good moral character” and show “good cause” for why they need a concealed weapon. But county and city law enforcement agencies have broad discretion in determining who meets those criteria, according to a 2017 state audit of the program.

The auditor found no “bad effect” from the discretion allowed in issuing concealed carry permits, but each county examined in the report — Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento — often failed to follow its own policies and guidelines. Some policymakers, including Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, have argued that the licensing process should be more uniform and strict.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office issued a brief written statement saying that warrants served on the Sheriff’s Office helped retrieve “certain items” as part of an “ongoing investigation.”

Deputy Michael Low, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said in a statement that the agency is “fully cooperating” with prosecutors.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith (left) and District Attorney Jeff Rosen in 2017. Smith’s office was raided on Aug. 2 as part of the district attorney’s investigation into the sheriff’s handling of concealed-gun permits, sources told The Chronicle.
Photo: Brian Feulner / Special to The Chronicle 2017

A spokesman for AS Solution, a Bellevue, Wash., security company that employs more than 600 people across the globe and specializes in executive protection, including work for leaders at Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley corporations, told The Chronicle the company is cooperating with the probe.

AS Solution would not comment on the substance of the investigation or whether it is related to a large contribution that a company manager made in October to an independent committee that supported Smith’s 2018 re-election. Public records show that the $45,000 check came from a manager who has no record of previous political contributions in the county. The manager did not respond to requests for comment.

Christopher Schumb, a San Jose attorney who acted as co-treasurer for the committee that received the check, the Santa Clara County Public Safety Alliance, declined to comment.

In response to questions from The Chronicle, AS Solution released a statement saying it is “cooperating fully with the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office, and we have launched our own internal investigation into this matter.”

“AS Solution employees are required to obey the laws, rules and regulations of all countries where we conduct business, and any allegations of improper conduct by employees are treated very seriously,” the statement said. “We will take appropriate action based on the outcome of our investigation.”

Because of Santa Clara County’s refusal to provide documentation on applicants for concealed-gun licenses, it is unknown how many AS Solution employees, if any, received them in that county. Possession of a concealed-gun permit is a requirement for some jobs at AS Solution, according to the company’s online job listings.

Executive protection is a priority at many tech firms, particularly those with famous leaders. For example, Securities and Exchange Commission filings show that Facebook spent $9.9 million in the last fiscal year on security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

A Facebook spokesman said AS Solution has been one of its security contractors since 2011 and that the company “is one of several security firms we use globally to provide security services for Mark and other key executives.”

A spokesman for Google said AS Solution “is one of our many contractors.”

In 2017, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that carrying a concealed gun is not a Second Amendment right and that California sheriffs and police chiefs should have discretion in awarding concealed-weapons permits. During the court fight, agencies were flooded with applications, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office noted at the time it was working through a backlog.

Past recipients in the Bay Area have included CEOs, security guards, merchants who deal in cash or jewelry, public figures such as professional athletes, and judges, prosecutors and others who have been threatened, records show.

Christian West, chief executive of AS Solution, said on the company’s website in July 2018 that obtaining a concealed-gun permit in California is “considered to be practically impossible for most people in certain counties.” In the same post, West wrote that demand was rising for executive security, citing mass shootings and “perceived threats of terrorism.” The YouTube shooting, he said, “shoved the topic to the center of attention in Silicon Valley, which is known for a lot of things, but not a pro-gun culture.”

The debate over the tight permit controls has taken on special intensity in Santa Clara County. In 2011, a security manager for a semiconductor company sued Smith with support from gun-rights groups, saying he had been unfairly denied a permit three years earlier. Tom Scocca dropped the suit in a 2016 settlement in which Smith promised to consider future permit applications from him. It is unclear whether he ever obtained the permit.

The Chronicle compared campaign contribution records with an older list of Santa Clara County gun-permit holders and found the names of more than two dozen people who have supported Smith’s personal campaign committees or the Public Safety Alliance committee. The list of permit holders, obtained from a confidential source, was not comprehensive and did not include the date each permit was issued.

The contributions, between $100 and $8,000, were made over the past decade and went to either Smith’s personal campaign or the Public Safety Alliance, the independent expenditure committee. The committee raised $95,000 in 2018 and spent $67,500 supporting Smith’s candidacy, campaign disclosure forms show.

Among the Smith backers who have received concealed-gun permits are the heads of tech firms and investment companies and private investigators. Some were frequent contributors in local elections, but at least 11 appeared to have made no other political contributions in Santa Clara County over the past decade. It is unclear whether any of these contributions are being examined by investigators.
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Back in the news- the DA investigating the Sheriff;

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/ar...o-14438702.php

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Hopefully, we'll win a RBA at SCOTUS this term (i.e, before 2020 July 01), so it may not matter whether Sheriff Smith (GOP) remains in office or not.
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Concealed guns probe: Records confirm big donor to sheriff’s campaign was issued rare concealed weapons permit. $45K donation, from security contractor to backer of Sheriff Laurie Smith’s re-election last fall, is a focal point of DA investigation

Smith’s office is being investigated over concealed-weapons permits issued by her office, particularly one to an executive security agent who made the biggest single donation to support her re-election bid last fall.
By Robert Salonga | rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com and Thy Vo | tvo@bayareanewsgroup.com |
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PUBLISHED: September 19, 2019 at 7:44 pm | UPDATED: September 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm

SAN JOSE — A manager at an executive security firm received a concealed-weapon permit in Santa Clara County a few months after making by far the biggest single donation supporting Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 re-election, newly released records show, a contribution that is a now a focal point of a corruption probe aimed at her office.

The $45,000 donation by Martin Nielsen, who is listed as the executive protection operations and executive projects manager for Seattle-based AS Solution, was made in October 2018 to the Santa Clara County Public Safety Alliance, an independent-expenditure committee that backed Smith’s bid for a sixth term. He was issued a concealed-weapon permit on March 26.

Nielsen’s donation dwarfs most of the contributions made either to the committee or directly to Smith’s re-election campaign. The DA investigation first surfaced publicly after San Jose Inside reported that a search warrant was served Aug. 2 at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters in North San Jose. This news organization has since confirmed with sources familiar with the investigation that at least one other warrant was served on a high-ranking supervisor in Smith’s office.

Also according to Santa Clara County concealed-carry weapons permit records, released to this news organization Thursday in response to a public-records request, a woman listed as an executive protection agent for AS Solution was issued a permit the same day as Nielsen. But there are no related donation records linked to the agent.

The CCW permit issue has long been a source of criticism for the Sheriff’s Office, and it has dogged Smith every time she has run for re-election in the last decade. Residents over the years have complained about the permitting process and said that the permits appeared to be reserved for high-profile people and VIP types.

The records released Thursday show that at least 100 active permits have been issued, many of which are renewals of permits held by judges, prosecutors and reserve police officers.

Of the civilian permits currently active — they have a two-year life span before requiring a renewal evaluation — seven recipients who had permits either issued or renewed in 2019 donated to Smith’s campaign or an independent committee supporting her. In 2018, eight recipients fit that description. The donations ranged from $100 to $1,000, and it should be noted that some of the civilian permits date back decades, some even before Smith was elected sheriff.

Two other individuals who have held concealed weapons permits in recent years also donated to support Smith both directly to her campaign and the independent committee: Santa Clara Valley Water board director and match.com founder Gary Kremen and Nvidia executive Chris Malachowsky.

Kremen and Malachowsky each gave the independent expenditure committee $5,000 in October 2018, according to campaign finance records. Malachowsky also gave $1,000 directly to Smith’s campaign in 2018.

Nielsen, who records show had made no known previous donations to Smith re-election efforts, could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday evening. AS Solution, which has been contracted to protect prominent executives in the Silicon Valley tech world, has pledged its full cooperation with the District Attorney’s Office, and said an internal investigation was launched as a result of the scrutiny on its employee.

“Any allegations of improper conduct by employees are treated very seriously,” reads a previous statement issued after the Aug. 2 search warrant first surfaced. “We will take appropriate action based on the outcome of our investigation.”

James Campagna, treasurer for the independent-expenditure committee, said the committee has been supporting “pro-public safety” candidates since 2005.

“Any contributor who believes their support would result in some quid pro quo would be extremely misguided. I’ve known Sheriff Smith for over 20 years, she would never condone anyone in her support to do anything unethical or contrary to the law,” Campagna said in a statement Thursday.

The District Attorney’s Office has refrained from commenting in detail on the investigation aside from acknowledging the August search warrant. The probe is being led by the DA’s Public Integrity Unit, which on its website states that it “supervises the investigation of cases involving corruption of public officials and employees in their official capacities or in the performance of their duties and initiates criminal charges when appropriate.”
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Sheriff’s office hit with corruption probe over concealed weapons permits

But sources have confirmed investigators are exploring an alleged “quid pro quo” linking political support and the issuing of permits by Smith’s office, which has been relatively stingy about granting the privilege compared to neighboring counties. The sources also said that the probe had been in the works for some time and that some of Smith’s trusted advisers in the agency are being scrutinized.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a request on the records release by referring to a brief statement it issued in August, which said officials are cooperating with investigators and asserted its “extensive efforts to increase transparency and trust with the communities we serve and will continue these efforts going forward.”
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/...scarce-permit/

San Francisco Chronicle picked it up too; https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...a-14454093.php

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People have been screaming that it is corrupt for years now, and the DA is finally looking into it and we might be about to see a prosecution. The fact that it got to this point shows Laurie's utter contempt for the people she is allegedly serving. All she had to do was start issuing permits a tiny bit more liberally. People who work security. Families of LEO. And maybe members of the military. If there were at least some people getting them on an objective, routine basis, thered be maybe a few hundred permits in the county and it would be almost impossible to make a case for corruption, but her contempt for anyone who wants a permit is making the scrutiny on active permits that much more glaring. So many of the very few are people with connections to her, and that is likely what will convince a jury. If there were even 100 more permits she could point to, the case would be harder to make. It's ironic but her years of contempt for issuing CCWs could be the thing that finally ends her career.
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People have been screaming that it is corrupt for years now, and the DA is finally looking into it and we might be about to see a prosecution. The fact that it got to this point shows Laurie's utter contempt for the people she is allegedly serving. All she had to do was start issuing permits a tiny bit more liberally. People who work security. Families of LEO. And maybe members of the military. If there were at least some people getting them on an objective, routine basis, thered be maybe a few hundred permits in the county and it would be almost impossible to make a case for corruption, but her contempt for anyone who wants a permit is making the scrutiny on active permits that much more glaring. So many of the very few are people with connections to her, and that is likely what will convince a jury. If there were even 100 more permits she could point to, the case would be harder to make. It's ironic but her years of contempt for issuing CCWs could be the thing that finally ends her career.
Well, that and $45k from a guy who doesn't live in the county...
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Well, that and $45k from a guy who doesn't live in the county...
Yeah that looks pretty bad regardless of context.
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Got my Utah, Florida and Arizona permits in less than 6 weeks. This is after my Santa Clara County App which has been in a holding pattern along with all the others.

Got them because I was looking at a career in executive protection.

I went to class with AS Solution this year and met Martin. Nice Guy. Can't blame him for the donation. They protect high-level executives and they need a CCW to make that happen. Was a business decision and he was just playing the game Laurie has rigged. The real issue is that it takes a contribution to make it happen. That's pay for play, and its illegal. Same thing other politicians are accused of. If she just issued them to those who qualify, it would not be an issue (i.e. follow the Constitution, Heller, Peruta, etc.)

I am thinking of running for Sheriff to offer a real option against her majesty...Queen Smith.

I was a cop for 10 years, but probably have more street time than miss Laurie has.

Anyway, Can I count on your support??? hahaha
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Got my Utah, Florida and Arizona permits in less than 6 weeks. This is after my Santa Clara County App which has been in a holding pattern along with all the others.

Got them because I was looking at a career in executive protection.

I went to class with AS Solution this year and met Martin. Nice Guy. Can't blame him for the donation. They protect high-level executives and they need a CCW to make that happen. Was a business decision and he was just playing the game Laurie has rigged. The real issue is that it takes a contribution to make it happen. That's pay for play, and its illegal. Same thing other politicians are accused of. If she just issued them to those who qualify, it would not be an issue (i.e. follow the Constitution, Heller, Peruta, etc.)

I am thinking of running for Sheriff to offer a real option against her majesty...Queen Smith.

I was a cop for 10 years, but probably have more street time than miss Laurie has.

Anyway, Can I count on your support??? hahaha
I hope he spills everything when/if he's called upon by the DA to testify. And yes, you will have my support. I'll volunteer to work on your campaign, too.

I have Utah. How hard is it to get Arizona and Florida as a non-resident. Utah was straight forward.
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That’s encouraging. I’m just about 60 days since I applied, so we’ll see if anything happens either direction. Thanks for the post
It's been just over 6 months since you posted this. Any update or info to share?
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Just some interesting CCW stats for Santa Clara Co., pop. ~2M

2015 Dec 31: 108 permits

2018 July 01: 113 permits

Now compare that to Fresno Co, which has a pop of ~1M

2015 Dec 31: 7,647 permits

2018 July 01: ~17,500 permits (~15,000 for SO and ~2,400 for Fresno PD)

Yeah, I'm sure you, like I, have heard about all the "High Noon" shoot outs over fender-benders and parking spaces causing the streets to run red with blood in Fresno Co....

2015 source: https://www.revealnews.org/article/w...san-francisco/
2018 source: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local...232198382.html

It will be interesting to see how quickly those stats change if we win a Right to Bear Arms either openly, concealed, or both from the US Supreme Court this term (probably this coming June).
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Just dropping in to ask if there was ever any update from Jess Guy? It also sounds like someone is considering a run against Laurie. I'm all for it but if they want to be taken seriously they'd better start reading up on all the issues facing the county. Being pro CCW isn't gonna be enough to get elected here. You will have to show why you are the better candidate in every possible way. If you are even slightly pro-2A you can also expect harsh media treatment, ignorant questions, accusations, etc. I hope you're prepared for the fight of your life dude.

ETA: My guess is with the investigation into Laurie, Jess will not be able to get any info or influence things at the SO right now. Everything is likely on absolute lockdown. So we probably won't hear from him.
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It's been just over 6 months since you posted this. Any update or info to share?
Sorry for not posting updates. I have seen and heard nothing. I assumed that with this probe going on, she wouldn't be issuing anything to avoid looking like she's trying to cover up.

One member here offered to ask her about my permit, but I haven't heard anything - this was all around the Garlic Festival shooting time, and then the probe was announced.
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ETA: My guess is with the investigation into Laurie, Jess will not be able to get any info or influence things at the SO right now. Everything is likely on absolute lockdown. So we probably won't hear from him.
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Sorry for not posting updates. I have seen and heard nothing. I assumed that with this probe going on, she wouldn't be issuing anything to avoid looking like she's trying to cover up.
See, I assume just the opposite: she'll go ahead acting "normal", like nothing is going on to show that she's got nothing to hide, that the DA will find nothing (significant), and she'll just go ahead and make any reforms (or not) that she was planning to do.

FWIW I just posted a speculated timeline for the NYSRPA case and how it will trickle down to force changes in CA, in re. to both the roster and CCWs. We could be looking at another year and 9 months before change that actually affects us. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...4#post23530514

That just re-emphasizes why we should keep fighting at the local/county level while the federal court battles rage far above our heads.

But I tell you one thing: even if Smith pivots immediately and starts issuing CCWs as fast as she can, assuming a similar demand as Fresno Co, there are 30,000 to 35,000 residents who want to carry. If she doesn't implement radical changes immediately, there's no way she'll be able to vet all those people for CCWs within just a year and 9 months and some people may just start loaded Open Carrying (LOCing) handguns and/or even rifles. Her SWAT teams are going to be run ragged all over the county responding to "man with a gun" calls.

This is all foreseeable and, if she or one of her assistants sees this, foreseen and thus avoidable. If she doesn't act ASAP to avoid it, the blame is hers alone.

You'll notice how I don't make a similar post in Marin, SF, Alameda, SBarbara or LA's threads. I WANT them to suffer for all their citizens who've suffered by being unable to effectively defend themselves over the decades because of their anti CCW policies....

Until you get your CCWs (or legal LOCing without a permit), best to just carry pepper spray and follow the 4-Stupids Rule.
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Met with Sheriff last week. I apologize for not being able to give out any information, but I'm still hopeful we can move forward on applications. I know you all are frustrated, angry, and skeptical...believe me, I know. I'm not shilling for her and I'm not covering for her. I've had some great suggestions from people on this forum and hope to use them. There are more players involved in this clash between the SO and the DA than most folks realize. I wish I could offer more positive comments, but I am constrained by, what I consider, private conversations.
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Met with Sheriff last week. I apologize for not being able to give out any information, but I'm still hopeful we can move forward on applications. I know you all are frustrated, angry, and skeptical...believe me, I know. I'm not shilling for her and I'm not covering for her. I've had some great suggestions from people on this forum and hope to use them. There are more players involved in this clash between the SO and the DA than most folks realize. I wish I could offer more positive comments, but I am constrained by, what I consider, private conversations.
Sorry.
In the quote immediately below is what is currently on Smith's CCW webpage (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/Pages/ccw.aspx). It has been there since last Jan 10. Beneath it is my revision of two paragraphs, updating its info and explaining/elaborating so that average people understand it better. I did not change the 3rd paragraph. It is there because the SO should add to it how much in fees, if any, are collected before a decision re. one's Good Cause is made (i.e., before fingerprinting, GMC determination and training).

It took me less than 10 minutes to draft this revision, something Smith still has not done. The revision does not make any changes to her current CCW policy, procedures or practice and can be implemented once she adds the GC fee info. After that, just send it to the IT people to post. Feel free to share this with Smith or the head of her CCW unit.

ETA: I removed mention of the Peruta case and the backlog it caused since that case died (SCOTUS denied cert), over 3 years ago, back in June 2016 and since Jess B. Guy says they dump old apps after 1 year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peruta...n_Diego_County

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Applications and licenses for the carrying of a concealed weapon (CCW) are issued by the Sheriff and registered with the California Department of Justice pursuant to provisions associated with California Penal Code Sections 26150 – 26225.

The Sheriff may issue a license to any person residing within Santa Clara County. However, persons residing in a municipality other than those served by the Sheriff’s Office are encouraged to first contact their local Police Chief and apply for the license.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting and processing CCW applications. However, due to the extremely large number of applications we received during the Peruta v. San Diego arguments in Federal Court, there is a tremendous backlog. Please be patient as we work our way through the backlog. As such, we are not able to provide status updates on individual applications at this time.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office does not collect application fees at the time of application submission.

If you are interested in applying for a CCW permit, please complete the application below and submit it either via mail or in-person to:

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

ATTN: CCW Unit
55 W Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110​

If you have any questions, please email CCW@sheriff.sccgov.org.
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The Sheriff may issue a license to any person residing within Santa Clara County. However, persons residing in a municipality other than those served by the Sheriff’s Office (i.e., a Santa Clara County city with its own police department and chief), are encouraged to first contact their local Police Chief and apply for the license.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting and processing CCW applications. Please be patient: we are not able to provide status updates on individual applications at this time.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office does not collect application fees at the time of application submission.
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Met with Sheriff last week. I apologize for not being able to give out any information, but I'm still hopeful we can move forward on applications. I know you all are frustrated, angry, and skeptical...believe me, I know. ...
Whatever gave you that idea?


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Excuse me, but I've been living in CA for 13 years, and the only thing I see that it's getting worse every year. Election of Newsom and his new "initiatives" were the last straw to my decision to leave the state. I have lived in a communist country, and I've seen this all before.
Have to say I agree. Lived here for 39 years.(all my life) starting to here arguments about staying or leaving, that I wonder if the Jews living in Nazi Germany had.
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Have to say I agree. Lived here for 39 years.(all my life) starting to here arguments about staying or leaving, that I wonder if the Jews living in Nazi Germany had.
Both chambers of the Virginia legislature turned blue this week. Their Dem governor is now going full hog pushing gun control.

Texas will probably flip blue within the next half dozen years.

The rest of the nation listens to the same music, watches the same TV, goes to the same movies, and has turned away from the same God and His Word. IOW, we're all in the same river, heading in the same direction, it's just that some of US (e.g., CA) are further down river than the rest....

I figure I might as well fight in CA as in some other place.
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From the San Jose Mercury News:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/11/...ruption-probe/
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First search warrants issued in Aug...it’s now Nov. If there’s anything in his files or on his drive, he’s an idiot...let’s hope.
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Sources also say that multiple concealed-weapon applicants have been interviewed in the case as the DA’s office looks to establish common threads between those who did and didn’t get the permits.

Deputy District Attorney John Chase, who heads the public integrity unit, declined to comment on the search warrant served Thursday but acknowledged the contributions of witnesses to the case.

“We are not going to comment on specifics of our investigation except to thank the many witnesses who have been willing to talk to us and provide evidence voluntarily,” Chase wrote in a statement to this news organization.
Sounds like they're re-evaluating the apps of those issued and comparing them to the apps of those denied (and probably focusing on their Good Cause statements) and seeing if there was unequal treatment under the law, ala a Guillory v. Gates (Co of Orange) civil lawsuit.

CGNers who applied within the past 2 years with solid Good Cause and got denied by Smith should contact the Santa Clara Co DA's Public Integrity Unit ASAP to share their story (e.g., copy of app, including GC statement and proof/evidence) to help them see if they got denied when a donor with an equal or lessor GC got issued.

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Currently, only about 150 such permits have been issued or renewed in Santa Clara County since 2014. San Bernardino County, which has a similar population albeit stretched over a far larger geographical area, has over 3,000 active permits. And Sacramento County, which has 20 percent fewer people than Santa Clara County but is similar in its urban and suburban mix, has over 5,000 such permits issued to residents.
If Smith survives this investigation, she can easily clean her reputation and put this issue behind her by saying that by fairly issuing CCWs, there can be no basis for accusations of issuing them out of favoritism and that she's consulting with the sheriffs of Sacto, Fresno, Orange and/or San Diego to reform her CCW Unit's policies and procedures.

ETA: I'm not sure where that Mercury News reporter got their CCW stats, but according to this Fresno Bee article, as of summer 2018 Sacto had over 8,000 CCWs: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local...232198382.html
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This being the fourth such warrant search/seizure, he knew they were coming...
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Both chambers of the Virginia legislature turned blue this week. Their Dem governor is now going full hog pushing gun control.

Texas will probably flip blue within the next half dozen years.

The rest of the nation listens to the same music, watches the same TV, goes to the same movies, and has turned away from the same God and His Word. IOW, we're all in the same river, heading in the same direction, it's just that some of US (e.g., CA) are further down river than the rest....

I figure I might as well fight in CA as in some other place.
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The story went quiet like a switch was thrown- not a peep since a week ago.
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First search warrants issued in Aug...it’s now Nov. If there’s anything in his files or on his drive, he’s an idiot...let’s hope.
Maybe he just doesn't want to add obstruction of justice to his problems?
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The story went quiet like a switch was thrown- not a peep since a week ago.
AFAIK, they're still investigating (nosing around). Best for Smith and her team to act like they're not there and proceed with whatever CCW reforms she was planning.

Or she might hold off on announcing those reforms until after they conclude their investigation and, assuming there aren't charges, then announce them to "ensure" the stigma of corruption is never even suspected of playing a role in issuing CCWs going forward.
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This is really great news. Wow, amazing, anti-gun liberal executives at Facebook paid money (quid pro quo, can I say that?) to get armed security unavailable to all of us non-rich people. Really, Mark Zuckerberg needs more security than someone who works the late shift and lives in Gilroy? Mark never needs to be in any public place. He never takes public transportation. He goes everywhere by a car with a driver and by private plane. He spends his time in the wealthiest, lowest-crime spots in the US, surrounded by other wealthy people. And the sheriff thinks he needs security staff with guns, while a woman who works the late shift somewhere and takes the bus to her home in Gilroy would NEVER have access to a CCW there.

I hope they get the sheriff on this.
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The only available summary data released by the Sheriff’s Office in Santa Clara County shows the number of permits annually approved by the department has varied over the last six years, from 33 in 2014 to 72 in 2015. From 2014 to 2019, 150 individuals had permits renewed or issued by the department, at least 37 of whom have donated directly to Smith’s campaign. The donations ranged from $100 to $1,000 and some of the civilian permits date back decades, before Smith was elected sheriff.

Currently, only about 150 CCW have been issued or renewed in Santa Clara County since 2014, records released by the agency show.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/11/...d-gun-permits/
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Seems the Sheriff has stalled the DA yet again, nothing new. Makes one wonder if the DA wasn't just again putting on a little show (for the news) but never intended to really correct anything...
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Today's Editorial: Hidden-gun permit probe exposes sheriff’s failures
Once again, Sheriff Laurie Smith’s penchant for secrecy undermines the integrity residents deserve


https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/12/...-shortcomings/
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I'm going out on a limb (again). If you haven't applied for a CCW in the past 12 months...do so! I've talked to several people recently who have complained, but didn't apply.

I know of 3 people (one who had his permit issued) and the other 2 will probably get them issued. Not only did they not contribute to the Sheriff's re-election, none of them voted for her.

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I'm going out on a limb (again). If you haven't applied for a CCW in the past 12 months...do so! I've talked to several people recently who have complained, but didn't apply.

I know of 3 people (one who had his permit issued) and the other 2 will probably get them issued. Not only did they not contribute to the Sheriff's re-election, none of them voted for her.

Let the arrows begin!

Any idea what kind of GC they had?
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I know of 3 people (one who had his permit issued) and the other 2 will probably get them issued. Not only did they not contribute to the Sheriff's re-election, none of them voted for her.
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Any idea what kind of GC they had?
I'll make it easier for JBG. Which of the following four categories of GCs did each of the three satisfy? (Just call the applicants #1 (the one already issued), #2 & #3 (the two pending).)

(1) They are at heightened risk due to previous attacks or credible (e.g., reported) threats against them or a family member's life?

(2) They are at heightened risk due to their profession or business activities (e.g., Au/Ag dealers, jewelry dealers, pharmacists/pharma sales rep, small business owner or landlord making cash sales or rental deposits).

(3) Their profession or business requires them to be at locales with little or no cellphone coverage and/or long LE response times (e.g., wilderness photographer).

(4) There's something about them that makes them particularly vulnerable to attack (e.g., female RE agent showing houses while alone, an obvious physical handicap or medical issue that makes fighting or fleeing impractical).

FWIW, the vast majority of us do not fall into any of the four above categories.

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I will try as I do fall into one of the categories. Won't say which one though.
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I will try as I do fall into one of the categories. Won't say which one though.
I'd recommend reading over closely my advice for CoCoCo applicants, first 3 posts, at: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s....php?t=1482924

AFTER you've been issued or denied, and exhausted any appeals, be sure to let us know how the experience went and what your Good Cause was like, but not with so much detail as to ID yourself.

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Each had different good cause, but #2 and #3 (above) seemed to be the ones that worked for them. I know the three personally...one deals in large amounts of cash, one lives in an isolated area where home break-ins have occurred, and one works with large amounts of money plus has significant military training.
I don't have a crystal ball. Given the ongoing DA investigation I don't want to get wrapped up in that matter. I'm just recommending applications be submitted. If I can share further information I will - when I can.
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Each had different good cause, but #2 and #3 (above) seemed to be the ones that worked for them. I know the three personally...one deals in large amounts of cash, one lives in an isolated area where home break-ins have occurred, and one works with large amounts of money plus has significant military training.
I don't have a crystal ball. Given the ongoing DA investigation I don't want to get wrapped up in that matter. I'm just recommending applications be submitted. If I can share further information I will - when I can.
Which one is the one that's been issued already?
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