In the irony of ironies, California state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) – one of the state’s strongest gun control advocates – was arrested Wednesday on charges that include conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms.
“We told you about this legislator. He is a Democrat and, for some reason, people are forgetting to mention that in the story,” Pat joked on radio this morning. And he, of course, is a big antigun guy.”
“Big Democrat. Big on these causes. A little minor hiccup in that story today,” Stu added. “He is indicted in a startling 137-page FBI affidavit of repeatedly offering to broker illegal firearms sales in exchange for campaign contributions.”
A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. He was arrested Wednesday.
Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.
“Why would a guy who is so antigun be peddling guns for money,” Pat quipped. “It’s almost hypocrisy. [But] he’s a Democrat. It can’t be hypocrisy.”
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