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Please take this gun poll then read about gun confiscation in Illinois.
From: Mike Johnson
Date: Sun Jul 15, 2001 3:08 pm Subject: Illinois confiscating registered weapons
Here's what the state of Illinois is doing with all those un-Constitutional records and laws that have been implemented.
From the home page of the Illinois State Rifle Association. - Mike Johnson
It Has Started! Illinois Begins to Confiscate Registered Guns
The Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police have teamed up to make good on Mayor Daley's pledge that, if it were up to him, nobody would have a gun. Daley and his elite "CAGE" unit are apparently taking advantage of gun privacy loopholes to pinpoint certain individuals for inclusion in the confiscation program.
The ISRA is following up on leads in one case that has Disturbing implications. An elderly first-generation Chicago resident was recently paid a visit by an Illinois State Police trooper. After asking to come inside the man's home, the trooper asked if the man owned a gun - to which he replied yes. The trooper then directed the individual to surrender the firearm. The man complied with the officer's demand and the trooper left with the gun. And the story gets better...
The gun in question was purchased legally by the man in the 1970s shortly after he became a U.S. citizen. When Chicago's infamous gun registration scheme went into effect in the early 1980s, the man registered the firearm as per the requirement. However, over the years, the fellow apparenlty forgot to re-register the firearm, and forgot to renew his Illinois FOID Card.
So...what does this all mean?
In the last edition of The Illinois Shooter, we reported on the activities of a shady taskforce known as the Chicago Anti Gun Enforcement (CAGE) unit. This 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, information gained by the ISRA makes it clear 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 single person in the United States who, since 1992, lawfully purchased more than one handgun in the period of a week. 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.
The ISRA has also learned that the CAGE unit has compiled a list of families where more than one person in that family holds a FOID card. Acting on that information, the CAGE unit is now contacting gun shops where those families have shopped, and is illegally registering all guns purchased by those families.
Now, it appears that the CAGE unit is scrubbing Chicago's gun registration list against the list of FOID card holders. Indications are that folks who have let their registrations and FOIDs lapse will have their guns confiscated. We have to wonder how long it will be until state troopers show up at the doors to confiscate the guns of non-Chicago residents who have let their FOIDs expire.
More later as this story develops.
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-- Rags (RaggedReb@aol.com), July 15, 2001
Thanks for the reminder Rags..will update my permit to carry before it expires! I still think the best crime deterrent is a middle aged woman on the front porch with a 12 gauge...preferably a pump.
-- lesley (email@example.com), July 15, 2001.
My permit to carry is the second amendment. I'm a little hard nosed about the Constitution. Seems like it ought to be followed by the "law enforcement" brigands...I mean brigades as well as by the legislators. So I took the poll but I picked a make I don't have!! Always have liked 'em, but they aren't so accessible anymore.
Well I thought it was going to start off full tilt in CA. I wonder if the good people of Illinois know that this is completely illegal because no law can be upheld in court if it's in violation of either the state Constitution or the united States Constitution....? Invest in brass, folks!
-- Doreen (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 16, 2001.
Fortunately, here you only need a driver's license to own a gun... You still have some of the checks that are being implemented all over, but you don't need a special ID to have guns. There is a concealed carry class that you have to pass to keep them on your person, but I'd rather take that and carry if I wanted then just have knocked-down shot-guns in a rack.
Glad I moved out of IL... To think I used to work for that B******!!!! Moved away or not... He's still getting a letter from me!
-- Sue Diederich (email@example.com), July 19, 2001.
Crooks in Illinois? Ya'll gotta be kiddin!!! Anybody wanna buy a CDL? All it takes is MONEY! No test--of anykind! And for all this "progress" we're honored to present Mr. Corruption with bunches and bunches of our tax money. Why we don't even ask questions!
ole hoot, the incorruptable hick from Illinois. Matt.24:44
-- hoot (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 19, 2001.
-- Wendy@GraceAcres (email@example.com), July 20, 2001.