UAW Wants Your Guns, Part 1

Posted by Matt Patterson on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Permalink

The United Auto Workers union supports a wide variety of local, state and national politicians who are hostile to American’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

As part of a larger strategy to change the political culture of the South, the UAW has already given large sums to politicians who favor strict gun control legislation, including in Tennessee and Alabama.

For example, Congressman Steve Cohen (D) of the 9th District of Tennessee received $10, 000 from the UAW in the 2012 election cycle, as well as another $10,000 in the 2010 election cycle. His district includes a majority of Memphis and outlying areas.

Cohen has publically likened his colleagues in Congress who support the 2nd Amendment as “Murderers Row”. The Congressman also said of gun rights proponents, “I think their guns are next their bibles. I'm not sure which they find more important to them.”

Cohen has also co-sponsored and supported a wide range of legislative attacks on the 2nd amendment. According to Cohen signed H.R.2324& S.843, also known as the “Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2009” which would have made it, “unlawful for any person to operate a gun show unless such person:

  1. has attained 21 years of age;
  2. is not prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving firearms and has not violated any federal firearms requirements;
  3. has registered with the Attorney General as a gun show operator and has provided a photograph and fingerprints;
  4. has not concealed material information nor made false statements in connection with a gun show operator registration; and
  5. notifies the Attorney General of the date, time, and duration of a gun show not later than 30 days before the commencement of such show and verifies the identity of each vendor at the gun show.”

Cohen is also the co-sponsor of H.R.93 - Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act of 2013, which would make "it unlawful for:

  • anyone whose federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, or whose license renewal application has been denied, to transfer business inventory firearms into a personal collection or to an employee of such person or to receive a firearm that was a business inventory firearm as of the date of a revocation or renewal denial notice; and
  • anyone who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice to transfer to any other person a firearm that was a business inventory firearm.
  • Imposes a fine and/or prison term of not more than one year (five years for willful violations) for violations of this Act."

Cohen is only one of many UAW-backed politicians who are openly hostile to the 2nd amendment. You can bet that if the union is successful in organizing Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant, they will fund an anti-gun agenda in Hamilton County as well.