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 Should Lee’s previous gun control votes be reexamined, repealed, relitigated?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

  • David Barnett

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    I would like to know who the people giving the money were. If companies maybe we could do a boycott or something to draw attention to the other people involved. I hope Yee is not the only person doing time for this crime against humanity.

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    • Bryan

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      It’s the FBI. FBI agents set up the trap and he took the bait.

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  • CharlieKing1

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    You know, I don’t know if DiFi said it, but it sure sounds like something out of her mouth. But the bigger question is, why would she say it? If our CongressCritters were so noble and altruistic, then why would they have a need for a firearm? Seems to me they must be afraid of the proletariat…

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  • Michael Bowen

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    Maybe, all legislative procedures, bills and etc. that Yee was an integral part of should be re-evaluated especially those involving the 2nd Amendment and firearms. It sure makes one wonder what else lies undiscovered.

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  • KN

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    Yeah, and 3 days before the SHARE Act was supposed to be put to vote, the Las Vegas shooting occurred. 45 minutes later, before anyone outside of the LVPD knew what weapons were used, Hillary tweeted, “…Imagine how many more people would’ve died if the shooter had used a suppressor.” Coincidence? I think not!

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    • KN

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      My apologies, she used the word, “Silencer”, not “Suppressor” in her tweet.

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    • Steve S.

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      Can’t somebody PLEASE use a “silencer” (or suppressor) on Hillary? She doesn’t know what she is talking about and merely tries to make noises to raise he political viability in the eyes of the voting public (or so she thinks).

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  • Harry Scheldt

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    Seems like this is a little late in being reported. Probably only got reported o the left-wing news media. Better late than never. This guy should never see daylight again. Has anyone ever checked how many people may have been wounded, or died from his actions. He should also be held accountable for those crimes.

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  • Henry

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    “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons.”

    It’s important to note that the weapons Yee was convicted of conspiring to obtain weren’t just pissant assault “weapons,” but fully-automatic rifles, pistols, and even shoulder-launched missiles.

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