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 Should Lee’s previous gun control votes be reexamined, repealed, relitigated?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)

  • Carl Yee

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    A lying, cheating fraud, but then he is a KA DIM. He is giving us Gks a bad name.

    BTW, the name is the same, but not a relation of mine.

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  • David

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    Sadly only five years. Ought to be a lot more, BUT, it’s a start. Should also be obama and holder, hillary and all the rest, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

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  • Nick

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    I won’t belabor this, but yes, everything he sponsored needs to be reexamined by the FEDERAL government. This makes it pretty clear why politicians passionately want to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens….so we can more easily be victimized by the criminal organizations that they are financially tied to. What better way to protect and easily grow their illicit businesses?

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  • T INg

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    This is why all these stupid gun laws that are out there don’t work and new ones keep getting passed!! 5 years Is a Joke!! lock him up for 20!!

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  • Samual Cozad

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    This guy should be put in General Population! Let him become Bubba’s girlfriend! Make sure bubba forces him to walk around in cherry kool-aid for blush in high heels! Teach these folks a lesson!

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  • Steve Lyle

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    Your article quotes what Lee told CBS actually occurred _2_YEARS_BEFORE_HIS_ARREST MORE THAN 4YEARS AGO.
    His sentencing was OVER ONE YEAR AGO.

    Regurgitating this story as if it were new today is greatly unethical! I would consider today’s re-release, in context of today’s falsities and a-morality in both politics and media just as unethical as the Senators own needs.

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  • CharlieKing1

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    I wonder how many more politicians are out there like this crook. Five years in ClubFed is way too lenient. Do as I say, not as I do! What a hypocrite!

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  • Rusty Smith

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    5 Years? 500 years, then bury the stinking corpse and salt the grave, charge the relatives for digging the hole! @sswipes like this one need to be made into living Christmas tree ornaments, as there are plenty of light poles and plenty of rope out in California

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  • JM

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    Dave , what he did is despicable , but I have a question- Why are you running an article posted AS CURRENT when he was SENTENCED FEB 24 2016. We can find hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. Is this just to fan the flames?

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Just because he actually went to start serving the sentence now – although I do reference that the Shooter’s Log ran the original article a couple of years ago. ~Dave Dolbee

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  • Steve in Detroit

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    They want to take away Your Gun’s, but they will be protected by their “Private” or “Government” Security equipped with Full-Auto Weapons, to keep them safe from the dregs of society. You? Call the Police, they are only 10 – 120 minutes away. In Detroit our Chief of Police, who is also Deputy Mayor, came out and said to arm yourselves, Police an not be everywhere. Politicians of both Parties work for Donors, not Voters.

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