Loveland man who had pipe bombs in his home pleads guilty in federal court

A northern Colorado man has pleaded guilty in federal court to making and possessing pipe bombs.

Bradley Bunn, 55, of Loveland, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of making destructive devices and four counts of possessing destructive devices, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado.

On May 1, 2020, the FBI executed two search warrants at Bunn’s home, seizing four “explosive devices” made of galvanized steel pipe with caps and fuses, according to a new release. The devices were filled with “explosive materials.”

Investigators found “additional bomb-making components in the house, including more steel pipes, end caps, primers, fuses, and bottles of smokeless powder,” prosecutors said.

The pipe bombs and materials were not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, a violation of federal law, and Bunn had not complied with any regulations concerning the making of destructive devices, the release said.

Bunn, who served 13 years with the Colorado National Guard in special forces and rose to the rank of captain, was ordered to partake in a mental health evaluation as part of the case against him. Bunn was heading to a protest against COVID-19 lockdown restrictions when FBI agents found the pipe bombs in his residence.

“Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners and prosecutors, we were able to find and remove these dangerous devices before the defendant could cause serious harm,” said Acting United States Attorney Matthew T. Kirsch, in the release.

Bunn was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals following Thursday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 3, 2021.

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