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Imprisoned Cunningham Wants Gun Rights Restored When Released

Former San Diego Congressman Randy "Duke'' Cunningham wants the right to carry a firearm when he is released from federal prison later this year.

The 70-year-old Cunningham, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy, recently asked a judge to help him regain his rights to own weapons. As a felon, Cunningham is legally forbidden from carrying arms.

Judge Larry A. Burns wrote back, saying he had no power to help Cunningham, according to U-T San Diego, which posted both letters on its website over the weekend.

Cunningham was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison in March 2006. In addition to pleading guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy, he admitted receiving at least $2.4 million in gifts, cash and trips from defense contractors in exchange for steering government work their way.

Since being incarcerated, Cunningham has denied accepting bribes and said he regretted his plea. He is scheduled to be released to a halfway house in Little Rock, Ark., in December.

In his letter to Burns, Cunningham said he wants to carry a gun for sport shooting contests and hunting. He said he plans to live out his days with his mother and brother in rural Arkansas, writing books.

Burns said in his response that the 1968 federal law banning felons from possessing weapons contains no exemptions for hunting and sport shooting and that Cunningham could only bypass the law by receiving a waiver from the Secretary of the Treasury.

Prior to the bribery scandal, Cunningham represented California's 50th Congressional District. He resigned amid his legal woes. Prior to politics, he flew an F-4 Phantom for the U.S Navy during the Vietnam War.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2012 at 10:02 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

*".....Cunningham could only bypass the law by receiving a waiver from the Secretary of the Treasury....."*

If Willard gets elected president, I'd say the odds of him directing the Treasury Secretary to allow Cunningham restoration of his gun-toting rights is pretty high.

The good 'old boy network sticks together.

They don't care if he's a felon or not, half of them are criminals themselves they just haven't been prosecuted.

The only difference between Issa and Cunningham is that Issa hasn't been convicted of his crimes in office.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2012 at 10:08 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

*".....Prior to politics, he flew an F-4 Phantom for the U.S Navy during the Vietnam War."*

Who the hell cares, and why is this relevant?

Sorry KPBS, but throwing this little bone in at the end is something I would expect from the likes of Manchester and his ocherish *PRAVDA UT*, not a respectable media outlet.

Had he been a hit dog vendor before politics, would you have mentioned that too?

I'm surprised you didn't also say he was a "deeply religious man".

I just don't like the implication that because he is a veteran he should somehow be looked at more favorably despite scamming the tax payers for millions.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2012 at 10:17 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

It's sad to see prison has not changed this creep one bit.

I actually felt bad for him a few years ago when I read he had cancer.

Apparently his health is back if all he has to worry about is being able to tote around a gun when he gets out of prison.

In fact, Mr. Cunningham, despite being an incarcerated felon, seems to have much less to worry about than most Americans.

**While Americans are worried about jobs, keeping their homes, and sending their kids to college, this ridiculous idiot is sitting in prison planning his future hunting trips.**

Is he in some white collar prison that is more like a motel or something??

I was hoping being sick in prison would change him and make him a champion of health care for the marginalized or want to do something for humanity once he's out, but apparently all this despicable moron wants to do is shoot animals!!

Once a thoughless, crooked GOP scoundrel, **always** a thoughtless, crooked GOP scoundrel!!!!!!!!!!!

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benz72 | May 29, 2012 at 11:49 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

As you correctly point out, the relevant fact is that he is a felon.
What does not matter is his service record, or for that matter, his political affiliation.

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genek1953 | May 29, 2012 at 12:16 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

How about letting him have his gun in Arkansas on condition he never sets foot in California again...

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JeanMarc | May 29, 2012 at 2:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Peking, I think you mean:

Once a thoughless, crooked scoundrel, always a thoughtless, crooked scoundrel!!!!!!!!!!!

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CaliforniaDefender | May 29, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Duck, don't be so naive. Obama is a card carrying member of the good ol' boys network, just like every other president.

Cunningham won't get a waiver from a Republican or Democrat Secretary of Treasury unless it will benefit them politically. As far as I can tell, the Dukster has the political worth of pocket lint.

May he rot away in Arkansas.

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