Gun Running, Corruption, Murder-for-Hire… California Lawmaker?

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

Stop me if you have heard this one before, “A leading Democrat makes a career from crusading against guns and the Second Amendment only to be accused of moral turpitude and gun crimes.” They preach against you and me owning guns, claim they have the moral high ground to legislate and restrict our Second Amendment rights and all the while are wearing hypocrisy on their sleeves. California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was recently arrested for gun running among a laundry list of other major crimes.

Disgraced California Senator Leland Yee

Democratic State Senator Leeland Yee, a staunch proponent of gun control from San Francisco was arrested for gun running among other crimes.

For those outside the umbrella of California’s leftwing-leaning politics, Sen. Yee is well-recognized as one of the state’s strongest advocates for restrictive gun control laws. Yee led many of the campaigns to further restrict California’s assault on detachable magazines and Modern Sporting Rifles. When pro Second Amendment groups protested the move, they were described as racists.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Lee was arrested on charges including scheming to defraud citizens of honest services and conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms. The charges resulted from a lengthy FBI corruption probe, but the depth of the charges against Yee shows a deeper involvement (according to the FBI affidavit) with a criminal enterprise known as the Chee Kung Tong, or CKT.

Sen. Yee made an unsuccessful bid to become mayor in San Francisco in 2011, which left him $70,000 in debt. To be eligible to run for California secretary of state, Yee needed to clear the books. According to the FBI, he attempted to do that through dealings with the CKT and its infamous leader, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

In 2011, while running for mayor, Yee and his political advisor, Keith Jackson, 49, were first officially observed coming in contact with members of the CKT, according to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office. Yee and Jackson solicited FBI agent posing as CKT members for donations in excess of the legal $500 limit. Yee allegedly offered to perform certain “official acts” in exchange for the donations.

During one such exchange, Jackson and Yee took the extraordinary step to arrange a meeting between the undercover FBI agents and an arms dealer. The purpose was to arrange the sale and importation of many weapons. According to the affidavit, the plan was to import the illegal weapons through another bastion of gun control—the Port of Newark in New Jersey. The investigation shows that Yee even discussed the details of the weapons to be illegally imported.

Let’s put that in perspective. Yee is the same Democratic lawmaker who railed on against firearm ownership and touted the need for transparency in government. During the time Yee allegedly solicited donations from members of organized crime, he also introduced legislation banning 3-D printed weapons and detachable-magazine conversion kits for the law-abiding citizens of the Golden State and claimed California needed to set the standard as a model for other states.

Since this article is written for the audience of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s Shooter’s Log, it primarily is focused around guns and the Second Amendment. However, in the interest of fairness, the disgraced Senator faces many more accusations according to the federal criminal complaint, including firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder for hire, drug distribution, accepting bribes, wire fraud related to corruption of a public office and trafficking in contraband cigarettes. Doesn’t California also lead the nation in anti-tobacco laws?

If convicted on all charges, Yee faces well more than 100 years behind bars. However, Yee was released late Wednesday on an unsecured bail of $500,000, with the provision that he is not allowed to leave the state. After all, that seems fair; he is a Senator so he did not have to spend a single night in jail. Surely with credentials such as those he must be a man of his word, someone who would not lie, betray the public trust or make promises that he had no intention of honoring. Oh wait—that is exactly what he is charged with doing.

Is there a double standard? Weigh in with your opinions in the comments 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 (95)

  • Ron Cahs

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    Come on guys, don’t you see the logic in this guys actions? Dry up the market with a complete ban on “assault weapons” and then do what, well sell “assault weapons”. Seems perfectly logical to me….if you are a criminal!! This guy thought he could create perfect market conditions by using his powers of law.

    Any way, I think it would be a great idea for us who live in the dictatorship of comifornia to circulate a thank you card and send it to the senator, oops I mean criminal Yee!

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  • marc

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    Wow this is a perfect example of how normal law abiding citizens are being restricted of our rights and criminals get away with murder and are being allowed to terrorize… I’m glad they got this crook and hope he rots in jail, but knowing CA celebrity justice he’ll get off on parole, or probation. Oh and by the way, this has been given very little to no air time at all in local media. I’m not surprised after all CA is becoming the state for rich and government dependent poor.

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  • Andrew

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    Gotta love California! Very high taxes for scarce services. One of the major “players” behind restrictive gun control measures makes extra money running guns for gangs. Yee just doesn’t want armed law abiding citizens interfering with his friends in the gangs. I am a 54 year old native, looking to escape the People’s Republic of California and move back to America, possibly Wyoming or New Mexico. Nevada and Colorado are already infected by liberal Californians trying to turn those states into California East. It should be a crime punishable by public flogging. California is doomed as long as the Democrats are in power in the State Assembly and Senate, giving all that tax money to their friends instead of using it for it’s intended purpose.

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    • proselfdefense

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      @ Andrew – I’m a few years older than you my brother, and live in the West Los Angeles area ! I have a cousin that has a condo in New Mexico. He is retired here in Santa Monica. I’m thinking seriously about relocating too ! Totally fed up with all the bull shit !

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    • Andrew

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      Proselfdefense, it’s good to hear from like-minded individuals. The wife and I looked at Cheyenne, WY. It was incredible. It was like the America we used to know, people with pride in their work and family first attitudes. It was definitely a wake-up call to us, the only down side is the cold winters. The wife grew up in Reno, and I spent a few years in Maine and Alaska, but we are older now and not sure how we’ll adjust. We are going to take a trip to NM to check out life at around 5,000 ft. to get weather that won’t completely fry us as we both hate really HOT weather. Best wishes to you in your quest to find America!

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    • Lamont Schusse

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      Brother Andrew – Yes it is great to meet like minded real Americans for sure ! Yeah, I can feel you about those winters in the great state of Wyoming. I was raised in Chicago and spent half my life back there, In fact I was there for most of 2012 on the South Side taking care of my 96yr. old mother before she passed and trying to keep a lid on the street I grew up in after her house and a elderly neighbors house got hit by gun fire during a random drive by of a rival set from another street due to a turf war going on. It was renamed Chicagostan, but that’s a whole other story Pal !

      I think my cousin might have a Condo in Santa Fe, NM., fairly sure its not @ 5,000ft. However from my past readings about the state I think Albuquerque is at that desired altitude. I was also thinking about relocating there myself. You will experience some weather, like snow, cold, but not to the extreme as Cheyenne. Good luck to you and your wife ! I guess anywhere east of the San Andreus Fault will work for me…lol

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  • Mark

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    Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.”

    There’s something for everyone in the Bible! Including for a Senator.

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  • Rockstar ( Ret.)

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    Aside from the delicious hypocrisy, another amusingly predictable move from the media is the absolute lack of coverage.
    A Republican would have been shamed into political exile.
    DemocRats ‘Suspend until further review.’

    Don’t drop the soap, Yee. I hope you get the maximum penalty, Douche.

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    • Ron Cash

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      I know you meant well, but I would like to amend your comment to, hey Yee, I hope you do drop the soap, several times!!

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  • J.D.

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    Just another socialist democrat, Who takes away the rights of others and wants to use his postion for personal gain. Letts hope and pray that Feinstein is the next to go down the toilet! Every law abiding citizen of the U.S. should be able to own a gun or guns of choice! It is a right. I’ll never give up my guns, But as is the case YEE will just get a slap on the wrist with maybe a reduced sentence and do a few months at a club fed instead of a real prison, and still get a pay check

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  • Tim

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    As a California Native I am pissed enough about the lean and restrictions of our rights to finally leave my beloved State. The media is controlled by liberals and the State Government is also. This was not always true in California. It is sad the 8th largest economy in the World is also the most mis-managed of 50 States. A legacy brought on by business crushing policies and just plain ….way too much money and Power in Sacramento to be abused. It is also aided by the average Citizen being oblivious to who is elected. Example: our Two State Senators, Feinstein and Boxer.
    Ms. Feinstein’s only political experience was in San Francisco, Ms. Boxer’s was in Brooklyn N.Y. and they seek to impose those experiences as the norm in the entire State of California. I have watched sadly the decline of every public institution here and it is bordering on criminal———-or as in the case of Mr. Yee…..is criminal.

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