Uber Bans Drivers, Passengers From Carrying Guns During Rides

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Uber drivers and passengers alike are now banned from carrying their guns into town, thanks to a new policy.

While no explanation has been given about the new policy, the following was implemented after a recent incident in April, where an Uber driver stopped what would have been a mass shooting in Chicago, according to The Truth About Guns:

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 stance — long since adopted by competing transportation network company Lyft — contrasts what a spokeswoman for the TNC said after the incident in Chicago, stating its drivers were only required to abide by local, state and federal laws on the matter of carrying guns in one’s glove compartment.

(Photo credit: Uber/ Facebook)

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 23, 2015

    So, let me see if I can sum this up... Uber Driver: I need Health care and basic employee benefits. Uber: Shutup...you are a contractor, not an employee and provide for yourself Uber Driver: OK, it is a dangerous world and I have a CCW so I'll carry in my own vehicle.: Uber: Naa, we don't allow employees to carry. Honestly, if I were a driver I'd ignore it since should I ever need the gun delisting seems to be the least of my worries.

  • Kendahl Kendahl on Jun 24, 2015

    Since I have needed a taxi once in more than 30 years, it won't make any difference. With few exceptions, if a place objects to my being armed, I can find an alternative that is ok with it.

  • Madman2k Madman2k on Jun 24, 2015

    I drive for them on the weekends. I don't own a gun so it doesn't really affect me - I thought about getting a thing of pepper spray though.

  • CJinSD CJinSD on Jun 24, 2015

    That an armed Uber driver stopped a mass murder in April and gun control advocates are glad they're being disarmed says everything you need to know about gun control advocates.