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Alabama man who had guns, ammo at U.S. Capitol threatened Indy congressman

Lonnie Coffman was indicted Monday on 17 weapons charges
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 22:26:35-05

An Alabama man was indicted Monday by a federal grand jury on weapons charges in connection to the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

According to AL.com and The Montgomery Advertiser, all 17 charges are related to the weapons, including possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying a pistol without a license.

According to court documents, Lonnie Coffman, 70, allegedly had a list of individuals he categorized as “bad guys” and “good guys," The Montgomery Advertiser reported.

One of the Congressman mentioned was U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis.

Carson issued the following statement:

It is extremely disturbing to learn from press reports that I was one of several individuals identified in a list of “good guys” and “bad guys” targeted for attacks. The indicted terrorist had the means and opportunity to carry out his plans to violently attack, injure and destroy government officials and related offices in our Nation’s Capitol. These were not idle threats. These were planned and organized measures to take my life, my colleagues’ lives and try to destroy our government.

As a former law enforcement officer, it is especially disappointing to see the failure of law enforcement officials, including the U.S. Capitol Police, to notify individuals like myself that we were targeted and at risk from the indicted terrorist and his co-conspirators.

I have already called for thorough investigations into the security failures that allowed the U.S. Capitol to be overtaken by violent insurrectionists. But the information included in the Coffman indictment make it clear that law enforcement agencies failed to heed the countless warnings of violence planned for January 6th and they were completely unprepared and understaffed.

Sadly, as a Black man and a Muslim fighting for equality, I have often been the target of death threats by domestic terrorists. For years, I have warned my colleagues about the serious threat to national security by white nationalist domestic terrorists. Seeing these seditionists rampage throughout the Capitol with their confederate flags, learning that many of the attackers had affiliations with law enforcement organizations, and then seeing the arsenals these attackers held, there should no longer be any doubt that this dangerous threat must be addressed as soon as possible. Everyone who supported these attacks must be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

No American should ever be targeted for violence or death because they are Black, or Muslim, or because of their race or creed. We must get all the facts about these attacks, including those complicit in their planning and execution, and we must work together to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement:

The Indiana Democratic Party is disturbed beyond belief to hear about the threat made against Congressman André Carson during last week's domestic terrorist attack against the United States. Knowing the Congressman was a target simply because of who he is demonstrates why it's absolutely essential that we all condemn the fringe ideology that's crippled this nation. Once again, I'm asking all local and state leaders to condemn this dangerous political rhetoric, because it is un-American and has no place in our discourse.

Thank you for your courage, Congressman André Carson. We are more determined than ever to keep up our efforts and fight alongside you.

According to the Department of Justice, Coffman, who was arrested on Jan. 6, parked his vehicle a couple of blocks from the U.S. Capitol before the deadly riots unfolded.

Federal prosecutors said a bomb squad searched the vehicle and found one black handgun, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition.

They also found "components for the construction of 11 Molotov Cocktails in the form of mason jars filled with ignitable substances, rags, and lighters," prosecutors said.

Coffman was not charged with illegally entering a federal building, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.