Uber, the popular San Francisco-based ride hailing company, announced last week that it has banned both its drivers and law-abiding passengers with concealed carry permits from carrying firearms while traveling in the company’s vehicles.
— Lisa Remillard (@LisaRemillard) June 22, 2015
The company made the policy change on June 10 and announced the change a week later, The Associated Press reported. Previously, Uber’s policy regarding firearms was to respect local laws. The new policy reads as follows:
We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service. During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.
The change was first pointed out by The New Republic and was made despite the fact that a 22-year-old Uber driver with a concealed carry permit shot and wounded a gunman who fired at a crowd in Chicago’s Logan Square in April, as The Chicago Tribune reported at the time. No charges were filed against the driver.
One of Uber’s chief competitors, Lyft, already has a “no weapons” policy. “This means that if any driver or passenger possesses a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, regardless of whether possession is legal where they are, they will be removed from the platform,” Lyft’s website says.
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