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. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was a member of the Hop Sing Tong gang in his youth. And Colbert is being vilified for making a freakin’ joke. “Shrimp Boy,” Hop Sing, hilarious. Dago underworld guys also have food nicknames, “Fat Tuna,” “Artichoke King.” Too bad there aren’t Polski underworld. “Kielbasa Stash,” “Pierogi Pete” would be great names. Norwegians, “Lutefisk Larry.” The “Shrimp Boy” got his name from his grandma because he was short. So, he must be like 4’5″!

  2. Looks like the PC Brown Shirts have gotten their laser scopes on Stephen Colbert regarding Asians. It is a pernicious plaque on this country and humor is one of the victims.

  3. I had to look up that definition Nick…. Here it is…

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    genitive plural definite of mark

    Exactly what do you mean?

  4. And the U.S. is following California’s lead with Obama, read the last issue of Time magazine

  5. Who cares California’s screwed and San Francisco is the pilot hole. Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Jerry Brown, What leadership

  6. I just finished reading the probable cause affidavit. A book could be written on the intrigue discovered by the FBI Undercover agent. The allegations against this state senator’s involvements are disturbing.

  7. Just trying to mix it up a bit. I know I like and respect Asians. I have written here MANY times how much I love their culture from their food, to their profound understanding of balance, to their respect for family, particularly the elderly, etc. I just see this place being too PC of late and thought this thread presented an opportunity to be a provocateur. I’m Italian and Irish, dish it back. It’s healthy. I can take it. Hell, I was pretty tame if you read what I’ve said. I was not directing any personal comments to anyone here. Don de Drain spoke his piece. And I will take this opportunity to say, w/o sarcasm, I’m sure his wife is an excellent driver.

  8. Nick:

    Why are you trying to get reactions by insulting Asian people?

  9. markernes, We usually only see you on porn threads. Good to see you’re also a supporter of video game freedom. You’re like our resident Larry Flynt.

    1. I’m pretty much a freedom of speech guy all around, though I guess I do have on or two exceptions—like all the money that goes into campaign ads, not to mention that, despite protests to the contrary, corporations are NOT people.

  10. Nick-

    My wife’s Chinese. You’ve got my attention, but not my respect.

  11. If convicted, he’s going to jail, but will he loose his public service pension?

  12. I’m trying to get reactions here form PC folks. This is disappointing. I actually love the Asian culture except they just can’t drive for crap.

  13. The Mayor of Charlotte just got busted like this guy by the FBI. I think it’s a sign of racism in the FBI. They’re only busting minority Dems.

  14. If Mr. Kee is indeed found guilty, he should spend a significant amount of time behind bars.

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