THROWBACK: Gun Control Advocate Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Weapons

In 2006, California State Senator Leland Yee (D-SF) 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 be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.” And in 2013, Yee helped propose a bill which would heavily regulate assault weapons.

Just one year later, Yee was ironically indicted for trafficking weapons and accepting bribes.

According to the Washington Post, Yee “discussed buying weapons overseas and bringing them to the U.S. with two associates and an undercover agent. He accepted $6,800 and a list of arms for purchase in the Philippines.”

A federal judge sentenced Yee to five years in prison a year ago Friday, after two years of investigation.

According to TechnoBuffalo, Yee was also a heavy critic of violent video games.