Yee Named 'Elected Official of the Year' By Davis Vanguard

The award was presented to him for his social justice work. Meanwhile, he is hard at work trying to ban the 'bullet button.'

The Davis Vanguard, a nonprofit news organization based in Davis, has named California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) its "Elected Official of the Year" in its annual Vanguard Awards, for his social justice work.

Each year, the Vanguard Awards honor the work of individuals and organizations in the realm of social justice. Yee has authored several bills regarding juvenile justice, civil rights, and open government.

“Senator Yee was honored as the Vanguard Elected Official of the Year for his outstanding advocacy for transparency and accountability of government, and his strong record of support for the little people in our society,” said David Greenwald, executive director of the Davis Vanguard.

“I am honored by this recognition and proud of the work we have done for the most vulnerable in our society,” said Yee. “The Davis Vanguard has done a tremendous job of highlighting injustice within our community while also acknowledging the tremendous positive work that is being done in the Davis area and beyond.”

Currently, one of Yee's biggest efforts is to ban the "bullet button." Though assault rifles with removable magazines are banned in California, Yee says the "bullet button" acts as a legal loophole to still allow assault weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s to be reloaded easily and quickly.

The bullet button circumvents the law because all a shooter needs to do is stick the tip of a bullet in a small hole to remove the magazine quickly. Yet, because the magazine cannot be removed by a finger alone, it is considered a "fixed" magazine, which is legal.

Particularly in light of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings, Yee is pushing even harder to get his bill, SB 249, passed by the State Legislature.

"These events are shocking to all of us, and sadly remind us of the carnage that is possible when assault weapons get into the wrong hands," Yee said in a statement released July 20, the morning of the shooting. "It is imperative that we take every step possible to eliminate the types of senseless killings witnessed in Aurora, Colorado."

"We must limit access to weapons that can carry massive rounds of bullets or that can be easily reloaded. SB 249 is a step in that direction and should be approved by the Legislature as soon as possible.”


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Justin V August 01, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I respect anyone who would take steps to ensure real and lasting good. However, Yee is only trying to gain political brownie points by taking on the bullet button. It Is also disgusting to see him use a tragedy while the bodies are still warm. The "assault weapon" used in CO is similar to the rifles owned by law abiding citizens of CA merely by appearance. Has Yee ever compared reloading with and without a bullet button? To top it all off, "assault weapons" count for less than 1% of the deaths in this country every year. Talk about real and lasting good. Yee's campaign against video games that contain violent content is just as factually false, misleading, and demonstrative to where his priorities lay (or lack thereof).
ellison chan August 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
HOW MANY CRIMES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY SOMEONE USING A BULLET BUTTON RIFLE? ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO. if a shooter wants to commit mass murder they will circumvent the laws...you are ONLY HARASSING LAW ABIDING CITIZENS> SB249 is a cowardly law that is made purely out of emotional reaction and has ZERO facts or basis behind it...
ellison chan August 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
i am a american born chinese, born and raised in SF. many of my family members are also 2nd amendment supporters. many of us are appalled by leland Yee. the laws he are trying to pass remind us of old communist china. trying to ban video games and ban guns, THESE ARE THINGS THEY DO IN COMMUNIST CHINA. how dare you call yourself an american, and then try to change american laws to fit your agenda.
ellison chan August 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
For starters, SB 249 is vague and ambiguous. No one knows how law enforcement will apply the law if passed, but we do know that similarly vague laws have caused many innocent California gun owners to be arrested, jailed, and even prosecuted for non-crimes. While SB 249 could make thousands of law-abiding California gun owners into criminals, it would most certainly subject hundreds of thousands of personal property items to state-sponsored confiscation without compensation, an unlawful taking under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Since there are at least a few hundred thousand – and likely millions – of items which would be considered unlawful “conversion kits” under the law, SB 249 would either [A] require a method of compensation be provided as part of the bill (with overall funding of at least $25 Million dollars), or [B] expose the taxpayers of the State of California to tens of millions of dollars of class-action lawsuits, civil rights litigation, compensation for unconstitutional takings, and plaintiff’s legal fees.
ellison chan August 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Further, each unlawful arrest of an innocent or unsuspecting Californian will incur tens of thousands of dollars of cost. Based on actual history with California’s existing firearms laws, it’s not difficult to see how these improper arrests could themselves reach into the millions of dollars of cost to taxpayers and municipalities. Despite Sen. Yee’s stated goals for the legislation, the bill has no provisions for law enforcement or civilian training, education, or public outreach. It is reasonable to anticipate that the necessary outreach and education for SB 249 would incur millions of dollars of taxpayer-borne costs. SB 249 violates the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and will only cause mass confusion, hurt innocent California families, cost the taxpayers money, and subject law enforcement officers and departments to unnecessary litigation.
Will S August 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Senator Yee has no respect for his constituents or the Constitution he is sworn to uphold. SB 249 is an abomination attempting to ban things the California DOJ has already approved as being legal. He should be removed from office instead of receiving an award.
nicole stallard August 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Numerous federal lawsuits have been filed since the "Heller and MacDonald" cases ruled that both Washington DC and Chicago's handgun bans were unconstitutional. Bans of "common arms" does not pass "constitutional muster" and like it or not, so called semi-auto "Assault Rifles" are "common arms". The reality is "assault weapons" are not common crime guns. SB249 is a irresponsible piece of legislation, the last thing any elected official should be doing is pushing legislation in areas where we have "unsettled law" with numerous pending court cases that will probably be decided by the US Supreme court within the next 2 to 4 years. If Sen Yee really was concerned about cutting gun violence, he would grow some balls and sponsor legislation to end our failed Drug War because our Drug Prohibition directly/indirectly accounts for probably half of our national gun violence.
Mark D August 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Stop SB249.
Scott August 02, 2012 at 08:09 PM
"Particularly in light of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings, Yee is pushing even harder to get his bill, SB 249, passed by the State Legislature." In California, we already have 10 round magazine limits and bullet buttons which lengthens the reloading process. Colorado doesn't. It's comparing apples to Volvos. Since the creation of the bullet button, how many crimes have been committed with a bullet button, 10 round magazine AR-15? 0? 1? In China yesterday, a teenager killed 8 people and wounded 12 with a knife. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_KNIFE_ATTACK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-02-06-05-46 A nut case will sadly always find some means to cause as much damage as possible. All the more reason to focus on mental health awareness and treatment.
john sebastian August 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM
When, oh when, will you leave us good folk alone and actually go after criminals?
John Q. Public August 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Yee, and his like, are EXACTLY why California is refered to as "Commiefornia", and is a laughing stock to the rest of the country.... YES! We Can't!
John Hancock August 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Yee is a joke and a crook - and anyone involved with nominating him for any award should be ashamed of themselves. On that note: "I think it should be a felony when politicians violate the Constitution after they've sworn an oath to defend it.
Wassim Absood August 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
As a committed Democrat and lifelong liberal I am appalled by State Senator Yee's outrageous assault on our civil liberties. The Davis Vanguard should be ashamed of themselves for 'honoring' such a person. I never thought I'd say this, but if I were a constituent, I would vote for the Republican candidate.
ThisisafriginJoke August 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
What has this elected official done to fix the budget crisis in this state? NOTHING. What has this elected official done to stop run away taxes in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to create jobs in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to stop fun away illegal immigration in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to protect the rights and liberties of the people of this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done for this state period? Spend millions of tax dollars creating laws that destroy intellectual rights as well as the person rights, liberties and freedoms of his fellow Californian's and he is awarded for it? The Davis Vanguard must love people that do nothing for this state so this award must be just that, nothing. There sure is nothing like doing nothing but bad things to a state and getting rewarded for it. Well further investigation shows that the Davis Vanguard is just a hack online news journal of ultra liberal views backing Assembly Bill 1831 a bill that would prohibit employers from asking about criminal back ground of potential employees. Setting them up for future litigation should the employee engage in criminal behavior on the job. Nice to think that the school district couldn't check the back ground of a potential teacher for child molestation. No wonder they love Yee.
Darkwolfe August 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Yee is an exemplary corrupt politician,all he knows is how to introduce legislation to the detriment of the people of the State of California and how to drive more business out of State.
mark August 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Adam Keigwin is going to be an unemployable hack of a community organizer once we run him out of Yees office after Yee is gone. No on sb249. We believe in Freedom here bud.


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