“Generally you may not carry a concealed firearm on your person in public,” warns a California government web site, “unless you have a valid Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license.” And a California appellate court associated justice writes that in the county where Apple is located, “the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office rarely issued CCW licenses.”

This has led to Thomas Moyer, Apple’s head of global security, facing bribery charges, reports Reason’s legal blog, the Volokh Conspiracy. According to the judge’s statement (citing the case of the public defender)…

…the Santa Clara County undersheriff requested — and defendant Thomas Moyer made — a promise to donate iPads to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in exchange for releasing concealed carry weapon licenses that the sheriff had signed. Consistent with the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of California law, federal law and the law in many states, we conclude that such a promise may constitute a bribe. We also conclude that the evidence presented to the grand jury was sufficient to raise a reasonable suspicion of such bribery. Accordingly, we reverse the trial court’s order dismissing the bribery count against Moyer, reinstate that count, and remand for further proceedings.


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