Gun Control Senator Who Wanted to Ban Assault Rifles, Took Part in Shoulder Fired Missiles Deal


No, it isn’t Barbara Boxer. We’re talking California State Senate here.

An FBI affidavit alleging that state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) offered to set up an arms deal paints a starkly different picture of Yee than his public persona as a supporter of gun control and advocate against gun violence.

In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns to be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.

“While we cannot stop every senseless act of gun violence, the significant rise of mass shootings across the country demonstrates that we must take steps to close the loopholes that currently exist in California,” Yee said.

Yee also authored SB 108, which would require all guns to be properly stored when not in the owner’s possession.

In reality though Yee believed in the right to own shoulder fired missiles.

“Yee explained he has known the arms dealer for a number of years and has developed a close relationship with him.” The undercover agent told Yee he wanted automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles and offered to pay Yee $100,000 after the first deal.

While Yee was cool with the whole shoulder fired missiles thing, he was concerned about 3D printer guns.

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is looking at how to regulate working guns made by 3-D printers.

He was fine with the other kind though.

“According to Senator Yee, the arms dealer is ‘low-key’ and has been trafficking weapons for quite a while,” the document says. “According to Senator Yee, the arms dealer sourced the weapons from Russia.”

“Senator Yee said of the arms dealer, ‘He’s going to rely on me, because ultimately it’s going to be me,'” the affidavit says. “Senator Yee said, ‘I know what he could do. I have seen what he has done in the past on other products and this guy has the relationships.’ Senator Yee emphasized that the arms dealer took baby steps and was very careful.”

The agent told Yee and Jackson he wanted any type of shoulder-fired weapons or missiles, the affidavit says; Yee asked whether he wanted automatic weapons, and the agent confirmed he did — about $500,000 to $2.5 million worth. Yee told the agent “he saw their relationship as tremendously beneficial.”

The agent said his family in New Jersey wanted to support Yee’s bid for Secretary of State, to which Yee responded, “I can be of help to you for 10 months or I can be of help to you for eight years. I think eight years is a lot better than 10 months.”

This isn’t the first time that Leland Yee got in trouble with the law. There was a shoplifting incident and a little non-profit fraud, but he did win the hearts of liberals when he set up a minor theatrical production surrounding Sarah Palin’s speaking fee.

Yee claimed that he stood for transparency and good governments. Investigators say it’s more like corruption.

State Sen. Leland Yee has been charged with public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee’s aspirations for statewide office.

Yee, D-San Francisco, highlights a series of arrests Wednesday morning that included infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, whose past includes a variety of charges including racketeering and drug crimes, sources said. Yee’s exact connection to Chow, if any, was not immediately drawn.

The criminal complaint against Yee likely ruins his candidacy for Secretary of State, and threatens Democrats’ restoration of their state Senate supermajority that already has been broken by two other lawmakers’ paid leaves of absence to deal with criminal charges.

You would almost conclude that there is something innately corrupt about the Democratic Party.

Yee stood for gun control, attacked Rush Limbaugh and Palin and engaged in corruption making him the perfect Democrat.


  • Chiron_Venizelos

    “We the People” have become “We the Idiots” for accepting corrupt goverment. Ultimately, “We” get the kind of government we deserve.
    Things will only change when enough people unite to make them change.

  • CaoMoo

    but shoulder fired missles aren’t guns so um consistency? Crazy sounds likea plot from 24 you just can’t make this stuff up.

  • WillielomanIII

    Going to the MSNBC website now because I am sure they will be making this their front page story

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not unless there’s a bridge involved

    • booger

      Truth told they were likely in on it too.

  • danshanteal

    Heavy duty stuff. The California kingmakers are running for their mouse holes. Get a comment from Nancy the Moll. And Willie the Bridge Builder. and Ma the Chinatown Maven. And pass the Chow Mein whoever he is.

  • DogmaelJones1

    The “perfect Democrat” is slob in a three-piece suit reeking and dripping of palm oil and hand cleanser.

  • Habbgun

    How can a State Senator get shoulder fired missiles and machine guns? Maybe the job is cooler than I thought. Isn’t funny how minorities get Leftist just around the same time as they get their nose in the corruption trough. You would think there might be connections.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The arms dealer providing weapons to Muslim terrorists in the Philippines could

      • Habbgun

        Misread that. Does anyone know what tipped off the FBI? The black guy looks familiar. Can’t place him.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Cornel West

        • Real American

          Word on the street is that Holder decided to get back at Yee for killing the bill to restore affirmative action in California.

          • Habbgun

            Yep….here was a Democrat taking campaign contributions to make arms deals on behalf of our greatest enemies while trying to ban handguns for normal law abiding Americans. You can almost see Holder going ballistic of another example of Asian overachievement.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            You could almost see this is part of a Chicom plot. That would be hard to believe but I’ve said that many times in the past and been proved wrong.

            I think Holder was either not involved or didn’t know where it would lead. Holder prefers discrete shakedowns unless there’s something to be gained from exposure.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Mmm, I dunno. But maybe they expected to shake him up and the whole thing blew up before the politicos realized what they started. This does create another problem for the party itself in my view. It’s not like they’re are likely to place this guy in the middle of a Benghazi conspiracy…but it does erode their credibility when their constant refrain is, “Nothing to see here, we’re Democrats.”

  • booger


    On a side gun-grabber note, the latest is that Chairman Obama will side-step the Senate and appoint his pick as the new Surgeon General (who insists on framing the gun control issue in terms of a public health issue) without confirmation.

    • Real American

      Obama should cross party lines and appoint Ron Paul as Surgeon General

  • Real American

    I hope Yee snitches and takes down the entire San Francisco Dem establishment including Pelosi. It would be great if the Yee scandal leads to Pelosi going down and John Dennis becoming the first Republican to represent San Francisco in Congress since the ’70s.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The DP is a loose confederation of corrupt politicians. It’s not really managed discretely from the top down AFAIK.

      But find enough corrupt members and Pelosi will also get carried out by the wave if she isn’t carried out first by pallbearers. People will finally wake up to the Machiavellian (what Machiavelli’s view would be) criticism of DP politics.


      That would be nice, but I don’t think it will happen. Wherever Democrats have a lock on power, they didn’t get it by providing clean government but by the inherent corruption of the Welfare State. While decent people will be appalled by the extent of the corruption, I’m afraid government workers, welfare recipients, and the ideological Left are unreformable – they will continue to vote Democratic. We may see some different Democrats in CA, but we won’t see any Conservative Republicans.

  • Adam

    Looks like the real reason he wants to ban legal firearms is its bad for his black market arms business. Who needs a glock when you have an RPG, right?

  • MobyJack

    Shoulder fired missiles! Must be some high crime rates in San Fran.! Personally I would like one of those James Bond cars for rush hour.