Gun Control Senator Sentenced for Trafficking Arms

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

Two years ago, California State Senator Leland Yee told CBS: “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear—there is no debate, no discussion.” As a legislator, Yee supported strict gun control laws and was even named to the Brady Campaign’s Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll. Last Wednesday, Yee received a five-year prison sentence for accepting bribes and trafficking in illegal arms. Is anyone still wondering how gun control legislation gets passed?

Disgraced California Senator Leland Yee

From staunch gun control advocate to being convicted of taking bribes and conspiring to illegally traffick firearms.

Around the time of Yee’s arrest, The Shooter’s Log covered the events in the article, Gun Running, Corruption, Murder-for-Hire… California Lawmaker?

After initially denying culpability, Yee pleaded guilty to the charges last summer.

During sentencing, Judge Breyer was unsympathetic to Yee’s plea for leniency. While holding public office, Yee accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for political favors. In addition, Yee was involved in a weapons trafficking plot, discovered by undercover federal agents investigating organized crime in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

“It must be, that the public has trust in the integrity of the institution, and Mr. Yee, you abused that trust,” Breyer said, according to the Times. He called Yee’s actions “vile” and the arms dealings particularly “hypocritical” given the politician’s history of gun control advocacy.

In addition to Yee’s bribery charges, the disgraced California politician pled guilty to accepting $6,800 and a list of arms to be purchase in the Philippines. Remember, this was the senator who said, “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear—there is no debate, no discussion.” Likewise, as a legislator, Yee supported strict gun control laws and was named to the Brady Campaign’s Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll.

Do you believe this is an isolated case? Should Lee’s previous gun control votes be reexamined, repealed, relitigated? Share your opinions of Lee’s actions in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (56)

  • Ken C

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    Sorry Dave,
    I’m taking a different stance here. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR DATES!!

    You just published this article 4/3/2018 making it look like it just happened. He was arrested in 2014. He plead guilty in 2015 and was sentenced in 2016.

    The quote from “2 years ago” statement links to the CBS article from 2012.

    While it is not Fake News, it is OLD NEWS. A recycled article that you couldn’t bother updating to at least match the dates properly.

    Accurate articles make more of an impact.

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  • Richard Dawson

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    For years i never carried a gun but after discovering by accident that there is a very major drug trafficking ring in the keys and a lot of the government employees in different agencies are involved including pay offs i trust non of them so i like a few others have gotten our cpl’s and now carry our guns. It is pretty sad that our own government in the Fla Keys is in cahoots with the pagan motorcyclists and have set up hubs for drugs here. so how do you report what we know when you do not know who to trust any more?. If they take away our guns from law abiding people like us then only the criminals will have guns, After finding out what i did it just makes me wonder how far up the chain does it go.

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  • Ed

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    You get more than that for a DUI.

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  • RenoGuy

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    While this story is well worth sharing, and Yee’s sentence should have been much longer and more expensive considering the damage he did, could have done, the actual verdict and sentencing was handed down slightly more than 2 years ago!
    Why post it now as if it just happened?

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  • Spencer

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    I’ve believed for a number of years, the Democrat party is nothing more than the “New Mafia”. They aren’t interested in anything but “control” of the responsible American citizens. Arm the criminals & disarm the law abiding citizens. That fits their agenda perfectly. They’ve never had any interest in controlling the possession of firearms of the criminal society. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out, Gun control will never disarm the criminals of our country & we’re paying a extremely high salary to these New Mafia criminals to do this to all of us, all while using their most used method of controlling us… FEAR!

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  • Pete in Alaska

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    Hi Dave,
    I’d be interested in knowing at what facility he has managed to get himself sent too to serve his time?
    Would that be a certain Federal country club in Connecticut perhaps? So, five years, out in what … 14 to 16 months?
    Should the legaslation he was involved with be reviewed and those anti-firearm laws of which he was part should be repealed? Yes, I believe they should.
    Will they? In California? Not a chance! The Adminastration of Califorina has no interest in anything other than its own self serving Socialist Liberal Democratic agenda. They are not interested in justice, the wishes or needs of the states people and certenly not as to the manner in which legaslation in favor of their policy is put into
    Law or by whom. Califorina has redefined corruption by turning it into a political art form. Their supression and disregard for the foundations of their parent Republic is a discrace. Mr. Lee’s actions only bring in to greater relief the nature and extent of corruption.

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Hey Pete!
      I am sure it will be a somewhat cushy prison as the fed pens go. ~Dave Dolbee

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  • Ken R

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    I lived in San Mateo county, Ca when this guy was our representative.
    Cannot dispute anything written herein. He spoke at our Citizen Academy meetings with such conviction. And now he is convicted. Great job FBI. The SFO FBI Field Office and ATF are to be commended. These hard working, honest agents did their agencies and citizens proud. This disgraced represent got off easy considering the criminals who got the guns he facilitated. Thank you FBI & ATF.

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  • Tail Gunner

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    Sooooo…. what was his sentence?

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Five years in prison. ~Dave Dolbee

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  • PeteF

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    If I ever get convicted of having illegal guns or doing an illegal transfer, I will point to this decision. 5 years is wayyyy…. too short for what he did, and where are the fines?
    Oregon, where I live, has an Initiative brewing that would make it a Class”B” felony to possess a semiautomatic gun holding more than 10 rounds. That is 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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    • G

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      this fear that politicians are instilling in the general public is more like a fast spreading virus, the illusion of a utopian society by whatever means possible. They can’t stop the criminals however they must do something so this is the crap they come up with … 10 round max for a good guy … bad guy unlimited! Lol good post pete … i guess buy more 10 round mags?

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  • JimmyinTEXAS

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    He should be in jail till he is a very old man.

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