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U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns has told former Congressmember Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now in prison, that he can't have a gun when he gets out. In a letter filed with the court this month, Judge Burns says he has no authority to restore Cunningham's legal right to possess firearms. The former Congressmember had written Burns saying that on his release from prison he would like to hunt and compete in trap and sport shooting contests. However, under the Gun Control Act of 1968, a person convicted of an offense punishable by more than one year in custody cannot possess firearms and ammunition, wrote Burns, and "there is neither a hunting nor sport shooting exemption to the federal gun ban." The judge told Cunningham that his only avenue would be to apply to the Secretary of the Treasury for relief from the federal firearm ban.

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Javajoe25 May 26, 2012 @ 2:20 p.m.

Poor Randy. He has to live under the same laws as everyone else. Yea, right. Watch how this turns out. Ol' Randy will be blasting away at those clay pigeons in no time - I'll bet'cha.

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Don Bauder May 26, 2012 @ 3:40 p.m.

Well, Washington D.C. is the quintessential old boy network. Ditto for San Diego courts. You may be right. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh May 27, 2012 @ 5:46 a.m.

For a guy who said he expected to die in prison, old Randy must be doing well. And he's looking forward to getting out and resuming his former lifestyle, or something. But of all the things he might be concerned with, such as how to support himself on the outside, he's applying permission to own a firearm? Bizarre. His desire may be more to get a handgun for either protection or retribution.

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Don Bauder May 27, 2012 @ 6:27 a.m.

I don't think this episode really can be called bizarre by Cunningham standards. Almost everything he does, and every word he utters, is bizarre. It was true when he was in Congress, but San Diego County voters didn't detect it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 27, 2012 @ 9:24 a.m.

I'm sure you did. A lot of people did. But he was a Republican, and North County voters always go Republican. Despite the fact that he was clearly unbalanced, the mainstream media gave him a free pass. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan May 27, 2012 @ 10:48 a.m.

The reason San Diego voters "didn't detect it" is because Cunningham and his party-hardy lifestyle in Washington D.C. was protected by the Copley family who owned the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Maybe now Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher can quietly repay the many past favors Cunningham did him and arrange for a gun permit.

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Don Bauder May 27, 2012 @ 4:15 p.m.

There are a number of corruption examples that were buried by the Copleys -- and now current management -- through the years. C. Arnholt Smith and John Alessio basically ran San Diego along with Jim Copley. Clifford Graham was a Copley favorite. There are many other examples. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell May 27, 2012 @ 1:41 p.m.

Most Naval Aviators have testicles the size of bowling balls and brains the size of peas. Duke is no exception. It's no wonder he got himself into this mess.

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Don Bauder May 27, 2012 @ 4:16 p.m.

But the public believes they are heroes. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh May 27, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

War heroes are war heroes. Treat them as such. Don't assume they can do everything else well. Grant was regarded as the one person who really saved the Union, and perhaps he was. As it turned out being a great military leader in wartime requires skills and abilities that few have, and appear to be generally non-transferable to other pursuits. Hence we saw Grant fall on his face as president. The precedent for Cunningham's fall from grace was well established.

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Don Bauder May 27, 2012 @ 9:25 p.m.

There are several other examples in U.S. history. As you point out, Grant was just one. I might point out that Harding had been in the newspaper business. He was as bad or worse as Grant. Best, Don Bauder

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