Report: California's anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on corruption, bribery charges

UPDATE: Yee arrested on charges of corruption, including illegal gun-trafficking.

UPDATE: Senator Leland Yee was arrested today by the FBI "conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms, as well as with participating in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services," the SFGate reports.

In a bid to become Secretary of State, Yee apparently "solicited money from undercover FBI agents" and engaged in "a discussion with the undercover agents about an illegal gun-trafficking deal."

The original story appears below.

Democratic California state senator Leland Yee, an outspoken critic of the video game industry, has been arrested on bribery and corruption charges. The FBI nabbed the politician this morning during a sting operation, sources have told NBC Bay Area.

Yee represents District 8, which includes video game development hotbeds like San Francisco and San Mateo County. Gamers know him as the man who put forth the much-publicized violent game law that the United States Supreme Court struck down in 2011.

We called Yee's office and no one picked up. We've left messages with his secretary and the state press secretary.

Following the December 2012 schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., Yee again criticized gamers and the industry at large.

"Gamers have got to just quiet down," Yee said at the time. "Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

We'll continue to monitor this story as it develops.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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949 comments
pgl163
pgl163

Hypocritical bastard,said school massacre is cause of violent games,while he is trafficking firearms!Rot in prison.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

...and then he was set free before the story even made it to the internet, thanks to his $10,000 an hr. lawyer.


Senator Ted Stevens was also arrested for SEVEN FELONIES and he served no time in jail and was allowed to run for office again (and nearly "won")

starfox15
starfox15

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.  That is all. 

commando1992
commando1992

I bet he'll say he got the idea from playing Grand Theft Auto. 

derclub9067
derclub9067

"Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

So much irony in such a small statement.

spagyetti
spagyetti

Dear Senator Yee;


I'd like to ask a clarifying question, "Did you want to ban video games like GTA so that instead of us (gamers) committing crimes in video games we could commit them in the real world"?


  BTW, if you wanted to defraud, traffic, and play with guns with all of us gamers, it would have been a ton easier to NOT try and ban the games we 'play' and just join us for a bit of fun in GTA Online.


  Anyways, have a great day... off to do all the same stuff as you, but without the downside!


F(&* You Very Much!

revan292
revan292

What a bigot, trying to ruin a source of entertainment for other people xD
He better die in jail before he tries ruining entertainment for other people again.


lee (and all "anti game" nuts) "Bawwww! You can't choose what form of entertainment you use in your own free time! Bawww! I get to decide what entertainment media you can or can't use! my way is the right way! Bawww! you have no right to a say about it even though it's YOUR entertainment/industry we're attacking! Don't defend your entertainment products! Let me ban everything you like, let me ban everything until all you can do is work/sleep until the point of snapping from the daily stagnancy and then committing suicide/or shooting people! Bawww!

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

He learned all of these things actions from video games...I'm sure of it...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Hopefully this will work as proof that politic will always be more dangerous than any video-game.

sadface1234
sadface1234

hahahahahahhahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


omg that made my day, thank you so much for this.  

X-RS
X-RS

Honest to god, wtf wonders why people arent voting?

If people actually had to work instead of campaign n BS the world would be VERY different. Also keep in mind the crime world is pretty vast, even if you want to do 'good' there is a LOT of $#!+ in the way.

I'm really sick of the notion politics is simply rallying behind someone else >.<

Slagar
Slagar

If politicians were honest, they wouldn't become politicians in the first place. But thanks to our wonderful schooling system, we churn out these sick puppies by millions. And it's everywhere... everywhere.

ievro
ievro

Wow, another grandstanding holy crusader politician who turns out to be a crook, i'm shocked!!

wristbreaker
wristbreaker

poetic justice.... I hope those video game haters learn a thing or two here... people who don't play video games tend to be more destructive than those who do... 

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

And another attempt to ramp up on gun related deaths, to try and make that anti gun legislation more acceptable. 

I would call treason since this is an effort to dismantle the 2nd amendment.  You cant blame guns and video games for violence.. since the dawn of mankind we have been violent, through countless years and civilization we have retained violent tendencies. You can only blame the ones of who do not make an effort to practice self control. Many people reposnibly use guns for self defense and hunting only. I would say thats the majority of gun owners in America, Many gamers kno0w the difference in what happens real life and its consequences opposed to what happens in a game and its consequences.. 

Movies, books and religion indulge in violence as much and even more than guns and games.

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

He's not really known for the video game thing.


What he's most known for is being a huge obama supporter, hating the NRA, and  introducing anti gun legislation.


EXTREME HYPOCRITE.


Of course , CNN and MSNBC aren't even talking about it.

naomha1
naomha1

Karma. It's a bitch.

Aryck1095
Aryck1095

Wait, wait, wait... I know why he was buying guns! He knows he's wrong about "violent" video games, right? And he's so f***ing arrogant, he can't stand being wrong... so I'm thinking, he was gonna get those guns and start handing them out to mentally-disturbed children. Then after they go on a killing frenzy, he was gonna blame it all on video games, and thus "prove" himself right, all to satisfy his ego.

Yeah, yeah, I know... that's gotta be the most convoluted, next-to-impossible conspiracy theory ever proposed. But if it were true... well, that would take "f***ed up" to a whole new level.

. . .

*ahem*

I'm gonna go now... bye.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Gotta wait to see if the charges hold up (innocent until proven guilty and all that) but if they do... California, I think you owe us an apology.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

Good, its not our fault video game companies are not paying these scumbags! Glad to see at least one low life congressman go to jail!

mos2000
mos2000

HA!..... bye-bye B!tch

Mr357Magnum
Mr357Magnum

What's that? A hypocrite in politics?! A politician accepting bribes? Another political figure boarding the all-videogames-are-evil-but-not-guns scapegoat bandwagon to further his own political agenda while distracting the public from his own solicit activities? Well color me surprised.

bjklol
bjklol

oh, the irony...

Nick_2266
Nick_2266

This crazy liberal is a leading gun control advocate, and is now arrested for gun trafficking. How ironic.

Raeldor
Raeldor

And how many idiot non-gamers jumped on this guy's bandwagon?  We might play games, but at least we can think for ourselves.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

Oh my God, this story seriously gets better and better. A man who is so against violent video games, yet has absolutely no problem smuggling and importing illegal firearms under the table. But no, violent video games are the main contributing factor to violence, not your bringing more guns in the country, unlicensed guns that will undoubtedly be used by criminals in illegal activities.

Karma is a cruel, sweet beast.

X-RS
X-RS

@d3ad4ng3l

And a racist asshat on teh internets *rolls eyes*

sanchango
sanchango

@Born_Lucky  yes, but that shouldn't matter, A BIG YES TO THAT, AND AMEN TO THAT. The moment this became news I immediately thought the latter 2 and I was like. "so let me get this straight, you are anti-gun, yet you take part in gun-trafficking...makes sense to me *rolls eyes*"

sanchango
sanchango

@Aryck1095  funny thing, he was against the use of guns, he is a big hypocrite. lol XD

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

@Zloth2 Being in congress he will slither his way out of this. The only time I say guilty period is when these idiots get caught doing something they punish us for. They pass all these laws but for some reason an exception is always written in for them. Not anymore, hope the courts set an example and put him away. 

Slagar
Slagar

@Mr357Magnum  Never in a million years would I have thought such a thing could happen. Such a shock. Must be a one-off. Most politicians are honest. We can trust those guys. They're looking out for us, I'm sure of it.

sanchango
sanchango

@Mr357Magnum  I know man, I mean it has never happened right? It's like the first time ever to happen..lol XD

mos2000
mos2000

@Nick_2266 It just proves to show that whether a crazy liberal or a radical republican, politicians are full of sh--.. it's all about the money to them

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Raeldor not all of us "by your command"  (in an electronic voice )

sanchango
sanchango

@yearssomuch  the icing on the cake, He was FOR gun control, yeah this guy who is involved in gun trafficking, WAS FOR GUN CONTROL. lol XD

X-RS
X-RS

@Zloth2

I would expect him GTFO to someplace light on extradition

k41m
k41m

@mos2000 @Nick_2266  This is true, why I can't stand it when people attack eachother for being libs or repubs. It's all the same, they are all crooks.

X-RS
X-RS

@Slagar

When put liek thta he been playing the worst video game in the world lol

Slagar
Slagar

@k41m @mos2000 @Nick_2266  There is no difference between liberal and republican. We are all the same deep down. Politicians are egotistical and self-absorbed by nature. They have to be, or else they do not survive for one day in politics. It's all just a game to keep us entertained, distracted from reality.