California State Senator And Gun Control Advocate Arrested On Gun Trafficking Charges

01senator-leland-yee.thumbnailCalifornia State Senator Leland Yee has been charged in a bizarre series of crimes including a conspiracy to traffic weapons after a series of videotaped meetings with an FBI informant. It was a curious position for any elected official to be in but particularly curious for a senator who authored gun control legislation.

Yee is named with 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a notorious former gang leader with ties to San Francisco’s Chinatown known as “Shrimp Boy.” Also charged is Keith Jackson, Yee’s campaign aide.

The charges detail a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms as well as accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and cash payments to provide influence agencies or legislation. That includes some $42,800 in cash or campaign contributions from undercover FBI agents. Even worse are the videotapes where Yee discusses a plan to arrange the shipment of weapons (including shoulder-fired missiles worth $500,000 to $2.5 million) from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines. Those weapons would have been brought to the United States.

The tapes show Yee complaining that he was dissatisfied with his seemingly successful life and wanted to be a desperado in the Philippines. He tells the undercover agent: “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you.” Given the strength of the evidence, he may get his life . . . at least in becoming a certifiable felon.

03senator-yee-discusses-supreme-court-ruling.thumbnailYee, 65, represents western San Francisco and much of San Mateo County. He has sponsored legislation to limit rapid reloading of assault weapons, to require state studies on the safe storage of firearms, and other measures.

Chow has claimed to be rehabilitated after a criminal career that he admits include prostitution operations, drug smuggling, extortion, and other serious crimes. He was released in 2003 on a gun conviction after agreeing to testify against a former associate.

In crusading for gun control, Yee previously stated “But I am a father, and I want our communities to be safe, and god forbid if one of these weapons fell into the wrong hands.” If the FBI is correct, that concern did not extend to shoulder-launched missiles.

Here is the criminal complaint.

42 thoughts on “California State Senator And Gun Control Advocate Arrested On Gun Trafficking Charges”

  1. Y’know what’s REALLY funny? Yee was the sponsor of a California law, later struck down by the Supreme Court, which would have made it a crime to sell violent video games to kids under 17. Hypocrite much?

  2. Since more lives are lost due to impaired operators of motor vehicles, I suggest we tighten up issuance of such licenses. In my lifetime I have attended more funerals of auto related deaths, but have yet to lose a friend or relative to gun violence.

  3. Dredd, I had in my head politicians but you had no way of knowing that. I think most Chinks are honest people.

  4. nick spinelli

    I guess he’s not going to be our first Asian president. The word “hypocrite” is overused, but it is appropriate here.
    ===============
    That would be Michelle Malkin, and hypocrite would not be overused there either.

  5. Onlooker, you have it exactly right. Limit the availability of guns and it makes the guns he sells all that more expensive. As you point out, same applies to drugs, alcohol, and any other “banned” substance.

  6. I guess he’s not going to be our first Asian president. The word “hypocrite” is overused, but it is appropriate here.

  7. My thoughts exactly Onlooker from Troy. In some of the dry counties in Kentucky, the sheriffs or other elected officials are the bootleggers. Those counties never go wet because of the profits that would be lost.

  8. In reading the affidavit, he was running for the California Secretary of State’s office. That is very troubling. This certainly shows the importance of rooting out organized crime and corruption out of public officials.

  9. Not hard to figure at all. Prohibition (or increasing govt control and thus decreasing free market availability) drives transactions to the black market, thus increasing prices and enriching/empowering thugs. It happens in drugs, guns, or ANYTHING. (Something the prohibitionist do-gooders just can’t seem to get through their heads, because they don’t look at the objective evidence, but instead react emotionally.)

    Now you figure out why he was doing this. It ain’t hard. Unless you’ve still got some illusion of our vaunted public servants being there to serve our needs and interests.

  10. Who knows? FBI should probably be changed to FBM, for Federal Bureau of Mendacity. In fact, almost all government agencies should now have that in their names. And the FBI is notorious for setting up hapless incompetents totally incapable of committing the crimes with which they are charged but for the FBI’s involvement and even the totally innocent in their stings.

  11. The tapes show Yee complaining that he was dissatisfied with his seemingly successful life and wanted to be a desperado in the Philippines. He tells the undercover agent: “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you.” Given the strength of the evidence, he may get his life . . . at least in becoming a certifiable felon. http://sn.im/28qr5xv

  12. The tapes show Yee complaining that he was dissatisfied with his seemingly successful life and wanted to be a desperado in the Philippines. He tells the undercover agent: “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you.” Given the strength of the evidence, he may get his life . . . at least in becoming a certifiable felon. http://num.to/582487809087

  13. Paul Schulte, Mr. Yee is not a convicted felon, yet. His co-defendant, Mr. Chow, has had a significant career on the wrong side of the law.

  14. So, since Mr. Yee is a convicted felon and elected as a Democrat, his party affiliation does not merit mention?

  15. Simms,

    Just like pedophila enjoys immunity from and in most churches….

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