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State Sen. Leland Yee
State Sen. Leland Yee (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democratic Senator Leland Yee is facing a slate of federal charges that fellow lawmakers are calling “surreal.” Yee, a longtime gun control proponent, is being accused of offering to run assault weapons from the Philippines into the U.S. in exchange for campaign contributions.

The lawmaker is just one cog in a sprawling case that involves organized crime, drugs, bribes, and even contract killing attempts.

What’s going on here, and how did Yee get involved? We’ve highlighted the 137-page criminal complaint released today.

Read the full story: “FBI: Yee Offered to Facilitate Arms Trafficking for Campaign Cash”

A Reporter’s Guide to the FBI Affidavit on State Sen. Leland Yee 28 April,2014Scott Detrow

  • 1nameme

    Well, now we know why he pushed for all those idiotic gun control laws – he wanted to drive up the profits for his illegal gunrunning activities.

    • Paula

      I was just about to make the same comment!

  • RM Molon labe

    One of the greatest evils are those who take an oath to govern by
    “delegated powers” but use it to take from others what they keep for

    “A Government that does not trust it’s law abiding
    citizens to keep and bear arms, is itself, unworthy of trust.” –James
    Madison, chief wordsmith of the Constitution”Any government that
    would attempt to disarm its people is despotic; and any people that
    would submit to it deserve to be slaves.”– Stephen F. Austin, 1835
    historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to
    keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It
    protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot
    at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us.”
    –Judge Andrew Napolitano…Molon Labe!

  • Harry Mann

    This is all a little bit amusing. These characters are acting like the Sicilian mob. Now, for all we know, Yee may have squealed on Jew because Jew was extorting tapioca pudding joints without prior permission to intrude on gang territory; maybe Yee was doing a favor for Chow? Oh, what tangled webs we weave.

  • Nick Pezzolo


  • shockedcitizen

    Politicians abusing their position for personal gain? I’m sure this is the first time that has ever happened.

  • seekingclarity

    I’m confused. Did he deal arms or did he just talk about it?



Scott Detrow

Sacramento bureau chief Scott Detrow covers state government, politics and policy for KQED News and its statewide news program, The California Report.

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