Report: California's anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on corruption, bribery charges
UPDATE: Yee arrested on charges of corruption, including illegal gun-trafficking.
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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.
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