Recently we at ConcealedCarry.com took a look at ride sharing giant Uber's policy towards firearms and due to our findings several pro-gun folk were wondering about alternatives to the company. That's why today we're going to take a look at Uber's biggest competitor in the market, Lyft. Perhaps they will be more welcoming to every day carriers and pro-gun folk?
WHAT IS LYFT'S STANCE?
I'm not going to string you along any further than I have to. Lyft is yet another company that has issue with the second amendment. Lyft has been seen historically as an even more anti-gun company than Uber. There is an old New Republic article that is now extremely dated that even praised Uber's allowing drivers to carry while reprimanding Lyft for not allowing the same.
In fact, stated very clearly on Lyft's website is their “Weapons Policy”, which uses some quite blatant verbiage.
Lyft has a strict “No Weapons” policy for all of its properties. This includes Lyft Hubs and service centers.
Our “No Weapons” policy applies when you are doing business as a representative of Lyft, which includes times that you are driving for Lyft, as well as times that you are visiting a Lyft Hub.
This means that even in places where it is legal to carry a weapon, we ask that you do not carry a weapon on any Lyft property.
We approach this from a community perspective. It's hard to know what someone else is or isn't comfortable with. The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed and fear for his or her own personal safety.
At a minimum, a “weapon” includes any form of firearm. There are many items that could be considered weapons besides firearms, such as handguns, stun guns, explosives, knives, sling shots and tasers. Lyft reserves sole judgment on what else may constitute a “weapon.” If you have any questions about whether various items could be considered a “weapon” under this policy, please contact Lyft Support before bringing any questionable items onto Lyft property.
Note: The general policy above does not apply to authorized security personnel contracted or employed by Lyft or to law enforcement personnel.
If you witnessed possession of a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, please let us know by tapping ‘Contact Support' below.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CARRIERS?
Unfortunately, Lyft's outlook sees guns as a nuisance more than an assistance. Stating things like “The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed and fear for his or her own personal safety”.
Now while that may be true, there is no mention of those in the community who view guns as a way to protect themselves. Many of us see guns as the shield against crime that they can be and not some sort of weapon that only murderers and thieves have. And what's worse is that you can tell beneath this PR veneer Lyft know it too because they still allow authorized security as well as law enforcement to carry in their vehicles so it's not like they don't know how safe a gun in the right hands can be.
So for all of us out there that are looking for a ride service that isn't going to stick their nose into our second amendment rights we might want to look somewhere beyond Uber and now, as well, somewhere beyond Lyft.
What do you think of this story? Do you know of any ride-sharing organizations that are not anti-gun companies? Let us know in the comments below.