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A California state senator, known for his gun control legislation, has been arrested on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country via Islamic terror groups.
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In the affidavit, Yee spoke of going to the island of Mindanao, which he described as “a war zone,” and shooting weapons there similar to the ones he was attempting to deal. Yee later claimed the rebels were being financed by Mummar Gaddafi before that Libyan dictator’s death and were well-supplied.
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As an Assemblyman, Yee helped to co-author the state’s controversial Microstamping law that required new semi-automatic handguns to be equipped with ballistics identification technology. This law, now in effect by a determination from the state Attorney General, is causing handgun manufacturers to drop products off of the state’s list of approved firearms due to issues with the technology, and in turn is facing a lawsuit in federal court.

In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his work on gun control issues. This included increased record keeping, efforts to ban classes of firearms over cosmetic traits, and others.