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 Should Lee’s previous gun control votes be reexamined, repealed, relitigated?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

  • James M. Maloney

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    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator, https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/, there is a LELAND YEE, Register Number 19629-111, age 69 (Asian male), now incarcerated at
    FMC Fort Worth (Texas) (a low security federal medical center), with a projected release date of July31, 2020.

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    • longshorts

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      It seems to me that the sentence handed down by the Court was entirely too short. For an active Government official like Yee, the sentence should have been life without parole. Yee abused the public trust, and abused his office as a Senator in Congress. Another part of Yee’s sentence was to never be appointed or elected to any other post in government for the rest of his life. ALL liberal government officials are “on the take” in one way or another. Graft runs rampant in our government, as bad as the hated United Nations.

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  • ROGER

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    Wasn’t it Feinstein that said only elected officials needed to be armed and not the average citizen?

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  • Resistence is futile

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    Can we trust other anti gun politicians? How do we know that others are not arming criminal elements while doing their best to make honest citzens defenseless?

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    • longshorts

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      We cannot trust any anti-gun politicians at all. They wish to strip us of our rights to defend ourselves and our families, and the right to remove a tyrannical government.. This is outrageously unforgivable, and completely unconstitutional. A liberal elected official, local, state, or federal who even slightly shows that they are anti-gun is not to be trusted at all. Watch them, watch their voting records for the last ten years (if they have been in government that long) and do your own deciding on their trustworthiness. They are closely protected, but we are abandoned by our own government because they promised protection if we give up our freedoms, and they LIED.

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  • Jack B. Nimble

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    Who here is surprised? Not me, not in the least.

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  • twolazy

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    Y’all just don’t get it, this guy is a Progressive, a Liberal, a lefty, and probably some socialism and Marxism in the mix. They don’t get hard core jail sentences like the little people do, he’s one of the “elites”. Look at the past 8 years of Obama and crew .. nobody, but nobody went to jail ..nobody was even prosecuted. It’s O.K. to keep highly classified on your home server .. oh those pesky Federal Laws .. as Hillary says, not for me only thee. It’s O.K. to give guns to Mexican Drug cartels and try to blame it on the U.S. gun shops around the border. It’s O.K. to make insider trading illegal …. except for Congress. It’s O.K. to shove healthcare down our throats … except for Congress. Now the left would be perfectly with only Government and Criminals having access to firearms .. but not the law abiding little guy. They think the little guy can’t be trusted with a gun .. and I think politicians can’t be trusted to run the Government.

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  • Brian W

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    He’s doing his time in Texas and is scheduled for release in July of 2020, you can look him up, his prison number is 19629-111

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  • Scott for Accuracy

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    Yee was convicted Feb 24, 2016. Yes, 2016. He has been at the Federal Correctional Institute at Fort Worth, Texas for the last two years. Thanks for the two year old story Dave Dolbee.

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      I get several requests to write stories. Perhaps this one was an April Fools and I took the bait. Sorry all…. ~Dave Dolbee

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    • joefoam

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      Keep writing, even older stuff, maybe if someone missed it the first time around they will see it the second or third. The Left wing media continues to fan the flames of gun control, pro gun advocates must do the same. Gun owners cannot sit back and just take it or we will lose our rights.

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Thanks. It has been a pretty tough crowd! ~Dave Dolbee

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    • CharlieKing1

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      Dave, no apology needed. Thanks for reminding us of this POS elected official. Our minds need to be refreshed about these hypocrites regularly. At least we now know his release date from ClubFed.

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Thanks. ~Dave Dolbee

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  • William Tyrrell

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    The public did once have trust in the integrity of the institution but that was a long time ago. This guy is just one schmuck who happened to get caught and so they are making an “example” of him. The left speaks out of the sides of their mouths. They’ll say anything in order to try and gain control. But what they actually do… is another thing altogether. Trust in the “integrity” of the system? That would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

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  • joefoam

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    If I were convicted on that charge what would my sentence and fine be and where would I serve my time? His should be the same for the constituents he represented and more for his hypocrisy. Another example of the lack of morals the left has.

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  • John V Morris

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    Yee is a small-time criminal and hypocrite. While most Democrats (and an overall majority of CA voters) favored the gun control initiatives, we shouldn’t paint everybody who supports gun regulation as criminals or hypocrites. Misguided or not, most CA voters are sincerely looking for ways to improve public safety. It’s too bad there aren’t any easy or effective solutions we can all agree on.

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    • Smitty

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      That’s the problem. You still trust them to do the right thing.
      Sorry pal, but what part of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” is not the right thing? This goes for republicans as well. They are all hypocrites. Please tell me what talent God gave you to discern the difference? Inquiring minds want to know.

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