When one of the most outspoken anti-gun proponents gets arrested for gun trafficking, it has to make you sit up and pay attention to what’s really going on in California. California State Senator Leland Yee has been on the forefront of taking away 2nd amendment rights from Californians, but now it seems he has no problems in dealing with illegal guns to the mob.
According to a 137 page affidavit which you can see below, Yee was allegedly lining up deals with a Muslim group in the Philippines in order to work out a trade in automatic weapons with an undercover agent that he thought was a New Jersey mobster.
In return for getting these automatic weapons the NJ mobster (the undercover agent) was supposed to help fund Yee’s election efforts for the California Secretary of State.
The complexity and depth of the corruption Yee was involved with is astounding. According to Forbes,
The charges are part of a 26 person criminal complaint and a major FBI sting operation. The full criminal complaint is a massive 137 pages that tells the story of Yee’s involvement with a broad ranging conspiracy that includes firearms trafficking, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, money laundering, and honest services fraud.
Yee is charged with “conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms” as well as six counts of honest services fraud. Each corruption charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, while the gun-trafficking charge is punishable by up to five years and $250,000.
The firearms laws Yee is alleged to have specifically violated make it unlawful for any person:
except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, or in the course of such business to ship, transport, or receive any firearm in interstate or foreign commerce
and make it unlawful for any person:
to transport or ship in interstate or foreign commerce, any stolen firearm or stolen ammunition, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the firearm or ammunition was stolen.
But no, there is no hypocrisy in gun control right? Yee’s involvement in gun trafficking all while attempting to strip away 2nd amendment rights is very telling. It really is about control.
But at least this gun control advocate knew something about guns. It appears he was specific enough even to talk about what kinds of automatic weapons he was interested in trafficking:
The FBI also alleges that Yee facilitated a meeting between arms dealers and undercover agents in exchange for campaign donations. The goal of the meetings was to aid the undercover agent in the purchase and importation of a large number of weapons. Yee and Jackson were involved in the trafficking conspiracy to such a degree that they even discussed the specific details of the types of weapons the undercover agent was interested in buying and importing.
Read the entire affidavit here: