An inmate, who identifies himself as "Gary W. Bornman," recently wrote an open letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a Hartford, Conn., newspaper, thanking the pro-gun organization for opposing background checks so that he can illegally buy firearms when he is released.
Bornman said he plans to buy the guns through a gun show loophole, which Democrats tried to close in their gun control bill earlier this year, but failed to get 60 votes in the U.S. Senate.
Bornman claims to be locked up a Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for bank robbery and weapons violations.
In his letter, Bornman thanked members of Congress for following the NRA's lobbying efforts against the background check bill.
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“I, along with tens of thousands of other criminals, couldn’t do what we do without you," Bornman wrote.
In a letter published in The Courant last Thursday, Bornman also wrote:
As a lifelong career criminal, although I no longer enjoy the right to keep and bear arms, I’d like to take a moment to express my appreciation to the National Rifle Association for nonetheless protecting my ability to easily obtain them through its opposition to universal background checks.
Upon release in a few years from my current federal sentence on bank robbery and weapons charges, I fully anticipate being able to stop at a gun show on my way home to Connecticut — where new laws have made it nearly impossible for a felon to readily purchase guns or ammunition — in order to buy some with which to resume my criminal activities.
Source: The Courant