Leland Yee Backs Off of 3D Printer Registration, Background Checks


After the Liberator was introduced, Californian State Senator and gun-grabber extraordinaire Leland Yee immediately proposed that 3D printers require a background check to purchase, be registered and subject to all the other draconian laws that California places on firearms (no pistol grips on your printer!). Anyway, it looks like Yee might be backing down from his typical authoritarian control freak stance. According to the IB Times, Yee’s press secretary issued this statement: . . .

“While Senator Yee is looking into the matter of guns manufactured by 3D printers, he is not, nor does he intend, to push for the registration of 3D printers. The quote in the CBS piece was referring to the guns lacking background checks and serial numbers.”

Gee, his position sounded pretty clear when it was originally reported. The technology being referenced was 3D printing, not firearms. But I’m guessing Yee has had been taking some significant blowback from the tech industry and maybe even his hippie constituents, and is now trying to walk back his Luddite position.


  1. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Translation: He won’t bring a bill to the floor just yet, but someday soon, when he thinks no one is looking….

  2. avatar JR says:

    “These are not the gun control/criminal safety laws you are looking for…” /waves hand

    1. avatar My Name Is Bob says:


  3. avatar Matt says:

    Now if Yee would only back off breathing other people’s precious air, we’d be making progress

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Leland Yee is Kato to Feinstein’s Green Hornet. Or maybe he’s Kato to Feinstein’s Inspector Clouseau. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

    1. avatar Biofire says:

      Good one.

  5. avatar Kirk says:

    Sen. Twee is truly as dumb as U.S. Sen. Barb. Boxer, which is to say: If he had one more brain cell, he might make a synapse.

  6. avatar SkyMan77 says:

    Just when you thought Kalifornia’s choice in leadership couldn’t get any worse…Well.. It dose… This dipsh*t’s going to take the anti- gun “ball” from Difi and run like Forrest if he’s given the chance…

  7. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    sounds like yee yee got his wee wee smacked buy the big boys….

  8. avatar Eric says:

    The problem is not only did Californians vote him into office, they will keep on doing so

    1. avatar Rusty Puma says:

      What people on this site really need to do is stop writing as if everybody in CA is of the same mind.

      1. avatar SkinnyMinny says:


        1. avatar Eric says:

          My apologies rusty and skinny, the MAJORITY of voting Californians keep voting for these d-bags.

        2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          To be fair, Eric, you can only say that about Boxer and Feinstein. All of the other infamous types are regional politicians, such as mayors (LA, SF) and House reps.

          Leland “Goatfscker” Yee represented SF in the state senate right up until the recent redistricting. Now he HAS to run for a state office because the new District 8 is, um, not exactly Yee-friendly:


          The name of the game at this point is “run out the clock” on Yee’s remaining time in office.

          And yes, I do have a deep and abiding wellspring of bile where Yee is concerned.

      2. avatar MotoJB says:

        Yup x2

      3. avatar Accur81 says:

        I’d vote for my dog before I’d vote for Yee. Or Feinstein.

  9. avatar Augur says:

    I hate Yee, he is an moron and a coward. Not only about this, but about violent games, and how apparently gamers (known as constituents and citizens to most others) have no voice on the issue of whether or not violent games should be banned. He backed down on that issue, too, when he realized what he let slip.

    1. avatar g says:


      Yeah, it’s hard to take a guy seriously when he things video games are the sole root of society’s ills.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        He’s a useful idiot, and not in a good way. I have it on good authority that Yee’s completely mercenary (will do/say whatever seems most likely to get him elected) and the actual anti-gun zealot behind his idiocy is his chief-of-staff.

  10. avatar MotoJB says:

    I live in CA and I hate this ‘effing guy. I seriously want to print a box to stuff his ass in and then drop kick it into orbit.

  11. avatar Mark N. says:

    Just love the poster. Truly excellent. By the way, Yee is term limited out, so now he has to run for a statewide office to stay in politics–which is what he wants to do. He plans to run for California Secretary of State. The field of would-be governors is too thick (Read Gavin Newsome and Kamala Harris, both also San Franciscant’s.)

    1. avatar Mk10108 says:

      Make him a Walmart greeter

      1. avatar In Memphis says:

        No, make him work in sporting goods selling armor peircing bullets and tactical shoulder things that go up.

  12. avatar Bob Damon says:

    Here’s a story about how a 3D printer saved a little girl, they can’t be evil!

  13. avatar Hal says:

    Just one name in a long list of anti-liberty douchebags who need to take a one way trip to bikini atoll.

  14. avatar 5Spot says:

    Isnt he supposed to be in the Fed Pen for arms dealing?

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