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Bird in a CAGE. (Industry Insider).

Anti-gun crusader Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago has formed a shadowy task force in the whose mission is to track down gun owners and arrest them. The Chicago Anti Gun Efforcement (CAGE) unit is an elite squad, operated jointly by the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, supposedly exists to identify illegal gunrunners. However, it is increasingly apparent that the CAGE unit is targeting law-abiding citizens, not criminal gunrunners.

Thanks to a ruling by a liberal federal judge, the CAGE unit now has the name of every individual in the United States who has lawfully purchased more than one handgun in the period of a week, since 1992. The CAGE unit also has all the makes, models and serial numbers of those guns. In essence, the Chicago Police Department is now registering guns and gun owners nationwide.

Under Illinois law, handgun owners are required to register their guns and carry a Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card. The CAGE unit is cross-checking FOID records against 4473s and Multiple Handgun Purchase forms and then raiding the homes of gun owners who, for whatever reason, show up as "inconsistent."

Chicago Police have already confiscated legally owned firearms from law-abiding citizens under cover of the CAGE mission.

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Author:Hopkins, Cameron
Publication:American Handgunner
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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