Randy "Duke" Cunningham in 2005. (Lenny Ignelzi/ The Associated Press)

In a letter to Judge Larry Burns earlier this month (obtained by Cunningham biographer Seth Hettena) the disgraced politician says he’s planning to live in a cabin in the Ozarks and needs firearms to hunt and fish for food, enter sporting competitions and protect himself from wild animals.

“I will live in a very remote part of Arkansas and not much threat from people but they do have a lot of black bears, cougars, and history of rabies,” he wrote.

Burns responded and said the request was beyond his authority and that most felons lose the right to possess guns. Cunningham, 70, will have to appeal to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — but, as the judge noted, “Every year since 1992, Congress has refused to provide funding to the ATF to review applications from the federal firearm ban.”

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