California is perhaps the epicentre of gun hypocrisy in the US. Even as the most “liberal” (by which they mean, “left-wing authoritarian”) state tub-thumps its strict gun laws, its major industry endlessly celebrates extreme gun-violence fantasies, and its elite wall themselves in behind heavily-armed goon-squads.

But nothing screams “liberal hypocrisy” like a gun-control zealot who gets busted for gun-running.

California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) — one of the state’s strongest advocates for gun control — was arrested Wednesday on charges that include scheming to defraud citizens of honest services and conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms.

Well… that’s awkward.

Yee, 65, was seized at his home during a string of raids that capped an FBI public corruption probe. The San Francisco investigation focused on Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who federal authorities said is the leader of Chee Kung Tong.

Corrupt politicians, Tongs and a gangster called “Shrimp Boy”. Hard to believe, but this isn’t an episode of Hawaii 5-0; it’s politics – Democrat-style.

Yee was reportedly at least $70,000 in debt following his defeat in the mayor’s race, and needed to settle his accounts to run for California secretary of state in 2014. To do so, Yee agreed to perform “certain official acts” for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for donations, according to the affidavit.

During one exchange, Jackson and Yee arranged a meeting between the FBI agent and an illegal arms dealer to organize the sale of a large number of weapons to be imported through the Port of Newark in New Jersey, the affidavit said. Yee discussed details about the weapons during the meeting, according to the document.

Other accusations against Yee outlined in the affidavit include accepting bribes and wire fraud related to corruption of a public office.

In case such criminality and corruption doesn’t seem bad enough, bear in mind that

Yee had been hailed as one of California strongest voices for gun control and transparency in government. In the past year, he has introduced legislation banning 3D printed weapons and detachable magazine conversion kits, aiming to tighten some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

Once again, it’s “Do as we say” from California’s “liberal” elites.

Yee has since been convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.