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Calif. Dem. arrested for illegal gun trafficking called for strict gun control

On Wednesday, California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who was once lauded by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was arrested on allegations he conspired to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. But a video posted Thursday at Twitchy shows Yee advocating for strict gun control in his home state.

California Democrat Leland Yee.
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The video, which can also be seen above, shows Yee saying it's "extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons."

“No debate, no discussion," he adds in the video first posted in May 2012.

Twitchy also uncovered tweets issued by Yee before his arrest.

"Thank you @PiersMorgan for your commitment and passion to ending gun violence. We must never forget Sandy Hook," he tweeted last December.

"A year after Sandy Hook, let us recommit ourselves to working towards a safer society for all of us," he said earlier in the month.

"4 weeks after Newtown I'm still shocked & prepared to take steps to stop gun violence, close assault weapon loopholes," he said in a tweet issued in January 2013.

"My office is committed to find ways to keep the public safe from the new threat presented by 3D printable firearms," he added last May.

And on and on it goes.

But his career came to a screeching halt Wednesday as he was arrested in what CBS called a "series of federal raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting an alleged corruption conspiracy involving arms trafficking and campaign fraud to fund his campaign for Secretary of State."

CBS added:

The charges against Yee include conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, conspiracy to illegally transport firearms, six counts of a scheme to defraud citizens on his services, and wire fraud.

Yee was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond, CBS added, and is scheduled to appear in court Monday to address the terms of his release.

One Twitter user said Yee's arrest shows the need for the Second Amendment.

"The lesson here is that we need the 2nd Amendment to protect ourselves from the likes of Senator @LelandYee (D-CA) and his customers," tweeted "Jimmy."



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