Skip to comments.Santa Clara County sheriff draws legal fire for way she hands out concealed-gun permits
Posted on 12/11/2011 12:46:41 PM PST by Navy Patriot
When Tom Scocca applied to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith three years ago for a permit to carry a concealed firearm, he thought he had all the right stuff.
Not only was he a former police officer and sheriff's deputy working as a security manager at a major Silicon Valley tech company, he owned an investigative firm and was already licensed to openly carry a loaded gun.
But the sheriff turned him down.
Now that denial is the basis of a federal lawsuit in which Scocca alleges that Smith issues concealed-weapons permits in an arbitrary and capricious way.
He may have a shot. A review by this newspaper of the list of people with such permits indicates that some who appear to have less reason than Scocca to carry a concealed weapon have had no problem getting a permit from Smith.
(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...
She must have nixed an editors gun permit.
Check out the comments on both articles.
Only private 49 permit holders in the entire county of Santa Clara? Seems like a pretty small number.
According to Wiki, “As of 2010 it had a population of 1,781,642.”
The only criteria is who you know.
And here ya have it.
Mostly wealthy, business owners, government employee and the well connected:
The middle class, who are not politically connected, or do not happen to be wealthy or contribute to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, need not apply
This is a disgrace.
1) Robert Anderson, forensic consultant
2) Joseph Barbara, physician
3) Keith Barna, private investigator
4) James Baron, court-appointed receiver
5) Stephen Bechtel Jr., chairman emeritus of Bechtel Corp.
6) Pasquale Bitonti, sausage company executive
7) Robert Blank, real estate agent
8) Jay Bloom, dentist
9) Annette Bolton, security specialist
10) James Campagna, mortgage lender
11) Harpreet Chadha, restaurant owner
12) John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems
13) Richard Collins, retired from Cupertino Electric
14) Gregg Dietz, private investigator
15) Barton Dorsa, visual artist and filmmaker
16) Gary Filizetti, construction company executive
17) Frank Fiorina, retired AT&T executive and husband of former HP CEO Carly Fiorina
18) Stuart Fishman, family law attorney
19) Don Gage, Santa Clara Valley Water District board member
20) Robi Georges, tech company executive
21) Christopher Gimelli, sales consultant
22) David Giordano Jr., sales manager
23) Lee Hall, construction company owner
24) Charles Hill, small business owner
25) Kent Hillhouse, commercial real estate agent
26) Bryan Hoyos, private pilot
27) Michael Hurley, a Santa Clara County roads and airports superintendent
28) Alex Kaldis, restaurant owner
29) Sherrel Kirk, home and mini-storage builder
30) Frank LaCorte, towing company owner
31) Michael Lashen, restaurant owner
32) Dennis Lempert, defense attorney
33) John Logan, owns ranch property
34) Peter Malcolm, San Francisco 49ers chief of staff
35) James McDonald, general contractor
36) Anthony Metten, organizational coach
37) Michael Milbank, insurance agent
38) Kip Miller, law enforcement equipment distributor
39) Edward Peterson, Santa Clara County District Attorney criminalist
40) David Radu, insurance agent
41) James Rees, commercial real estate owner/developer
42) Jesse Rogers, works with precious metals
43) Ray Scholz, businessman
44) Gholam “Ray’’ Shafazand, nightclub owner
45) Ronnie Shoemake, construction company owner
46) Christopher Simon, law enforcement equipment sales
47) Thomas F. Smith, real estate broker
48) James Weyermann, former San Jose Giants president
49) James Yates, plumbing contractor
A majority of the voters who actually vote, and a majority of the eligible voters are not the same thing. The voters who vote get their people into office, and the voters who do not can eat dirt.
...this is another glaring example of...
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
...the only present "peaceful" way to end this kind of leftist bullshit is thru the election process (actually casting a ballot)...or recall....if enough people agree.
...the other non-peaceful remedy is not an option....
...maybe some sane, non lunatic could never be elected for anything in Santa Clara county, in which case...if you don't like it....either suck it up and live with it, or GTFO....move to a more friendly place.
This reeks to me of infringing on a citizen’s right to “keep” and “bear”. Moonbeam signed a law against open carry, so now in CA you can’t carry open or concealed. I say it’s unconstitutional to not issue a CCW permit when requested by a law-abiding citizen. Is there come hotshot constitutional lawyer out there who can explain how they get away with this?
And you would be correct,...the problem is you will have to provoke arrest and fight it all the way to SCOTUS.
As SCOTUS is now you would likely prevail there now, but change one conservative justice and 2A will likely lose.
And that is after you've spent a couple of million dollars, served five years, and had your 2A rights pulled in a hundred databases that will never be expunged despite the SCOTUS orders to void your original conviction.
Uncle Ted explains where his right to concealed carry comes from.
They are far and away more self centered, egotistical, ignorant, elitist, immoral, entitled, Marxist useful idiots, than the average Frenchman.
And, they're university graduates.
Knowing you, Chode, you will enjoy this:
A few years ago, we had a sausage company owner who had a little trouble with a few meat packing health inspectors.
They had been giving him a hard time, dinging him on inspections and imposing fines on his method of making cured sausage.
Nobody had ever gotten sick in 30 odd years of production, but they knew best.
An inspection escalated into a fight and the sausage guy ventilated the inspectors with his concealed handgun.
We used to joke that he planned to make sausage of 'em.
i think he's right,i've heard of inspectors b!tching about temperature that was too LOW... but never too high!
For the inspectors, it's an envelope full of cash, for the cops it's all the best meat they can eat.
The cops are smarter, they don't tell ya how to make your product, they just tell ya how good it tastes.
San Leandro, right?
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