California State Senator Leland Yee has been arrested on charges of conspiring to traffic more than $2 million worth of arms overseas. Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, has been one of the state’s staunchest supporters of gun control.
The FBI arrested Yee on Wednesday, accusing him of “conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms.”
The state senator is also charged with accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes as payment to facilitate introductions, push legislation, and help clients get contracts. According to the FBI, Yee’s office accepted at least $42,800 in bribes or “campaign contributions” from undercover FBI agents.
One of the agents discussed acquiring weapons with Yee’s help. Yee said he could get $500,000 to $2.5 million worth, “including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles.” According to The Blaze, Yee took the agent through “the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines and illegally bringing them into the US.
According to the agent, Yee wanted out of his life and to go hide out in the Philippines. According to the FBI affidavit, Yee told the agent “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you. You know how I’m going to be like you? Just be a free agent there.”
“Once things start to move, it’s going to attract attention. We just got to be extra-extra careful,” Yee reportedly told the undercover fed.
After losing a mayoral election in San Francisco in 2011, Yee was running for California’s Secretary of State position this year. The Secretary of State oversees all campaign finance and elections. Yee is best known for his anti-gun stance and last year pushed legislation that would ban rapid reloading weapons and devices that allow for rapid reloading.
(Image courtesy of John Martinez Pavglia)