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What is Uber’s Gun Policy?

Uber Gun Policy

Uber has been taking over city after city as a cheaper, more reliable alternative to taxi services, but this expansion hasn't come without its fair share of controversies. Some cities around the world have gone as far as banning Uber drivers due to the damage they fear it would do to local taxi services.

But let's look past the battle between taxi services, city governments, and Uber and focus on a matter closer to the hearts of everyone reading this. Uber's firearm policy.

Many of you have likely read stories of drivers or passengers who were armed and forced to use their firearms to defend themselves against various threats over the years, but if Uber had its way these defensive gun uses would have never happened in the first place, because you wouldn't be armed at all.

WHAT DOES UBER HAVE TO SAY ABOUT GUNS?

On Uber's website, they state in pretty plain black and white their stance against both riders and their drivers carrying firearms when in cars.

“Uber prohibits riders and partners from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using the app, to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Please note that the only situation where we would allow a firearm in an Uber is if you are transporting your firearm in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration rules for transporting firearms and ammunition. That means your firearm must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container in the trunk of the vehicle. All parts, including magazines, clips, ammunition, and bolts and firing pins must also be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.

Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.  

Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That's why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app.”

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU?

While the consequences for being caught carrying in an Uber may be severe in the Uber world (a loss of a job as a driver or the loss of your future riding privileges as a passenger) in the eyes of the law, depending on your state, you're not going to get into any legal scrapes for carrying. Again, that's if you're making sure that you are adhering to your individual state's concealed carry laws.

It is definitely disappointing that this major worldwide corporation is pushing an anti-gun stance even in the face of evidence that carrying in an Uber can save your skin. But the facts are that this is a corporation that can enact its own rules about its employees and who it does business with.

For concealed carriers the choice between constitutional rights and giving a company business is usually an easy one, so Uber's punishment is pretty much the same thing that we would do if we weren't allowed to carry anyway and not use their service. It's just a shame that yet another company is so blatantly anti-gun.

What do you all think about this? Do you think having a firearm in more vehicles would be a good thing? Let us know in the comments below.

And for those among you who can't get enough reading, or for those of you who are questioning whether or not armed Uber drivers and riders are a good thing below is just a small list of defensive gun uses involving folks in an Uber.

Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square

Uber driver shoots and kills robber along causeway near Aventura Mall

Local Uber driver says rider held a gun to his head during apparent “hate crime”

Uber Driver Fired After Tussle With Passenger Leads to Gunfire

Man shot during Uber ride in Clearwater

Bellman accidentally shot as Uber driver defends himself from carjacker

Uber Eats driver shoots man during attempted robbery at IHOP, Memphis police say

So as you can see, there is a visual benefit to having armed personnel in their cars. But will that change anyone's mind? Only time will tell.

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22 Responses to What is Uber’s Gun Policy?

  1. Marc Dunbar March 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Until recently I flew every week to southern Ca, and took Uber and or Lyft every week, at witch I was carrying hundreds on time and know one every knew. That’s why it’s called concealed carry.

    • Oneil July 10, 2019 at 8:04 am #

      I’m going to carry my weapon I drive on weekends early morning I’m license in my State it’s is conceal I don’t know who getting in my car or what the person gonna his or her person Uber good company but I’m like the police I want to go home when I’m done I mean you don’t tell the riding hey my name is blank I’m conceal weapon holder and I have a weapon if you do that you need to be let go if I get stop by police and the passenger has warrant for them for hurting someone I’m going to protect my self

    • Guy Quigley December 11, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

      It is none of Uber’s business if I legally carry in my vehicle.

      • Tiffany brown February 11, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

        Uber is trying to ban me for conceal carrying. They don’t want me driving because I’m concealed carry,can I fight this???

  2. Tom September 26, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    I am a Georgia resident and have held a Concealed Carry permit (Now renamed to Georgia Weapons Carry Licence) since 2004. I carry my sidearm just about everywhere I go either concealed or open carry, depending on the circumstances.
    Huber directs drivers to follow TSA Guidelines concerning the transportation and carry of firearms. (“Uber prohibits riders and their guests, as well as driver and delivery partners, from carrying firearms of any kind while using the app, to the extent permitted by applicable law.”)

    “”Please note that the only situation where we would allow a firearm while using the app is if you are transporting your firearm in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration rules for transporting firearms and ammunition. That means your firearm must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container in the trunk of the vehicle. All parts, including magazines, clips, ammunition, and bolts and firing pins must also be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.) With the following caveat:

    Firearms
    When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.

    That opens the door for individuals that are licensed to carry their weapons as they see fit as long as local and state laws permit.

    SO! Where does the ambiguity end? Where does that leave law abiding U.S. Citizens and their 2ND Amendment Rights????
    IMHO, it comes down to the driver, their licensing, and their state of residence.

    Any other ideas on this????

  3. Carol September 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    I personally don’t want my driver carrying firearms. I don’t see why riders can’t keeps their arms unloaded in cases and in the trunk as per the company guidelines. I also don’t want share riders packing. I respect an individual’s rights to own a firearm, I would just prefer not to have them in my “cab” ride with me.

    • Daniel Verbeke August 19, 2019 at 9:38 am #

      Why don’t you want a driver to carry? So you can rob him easier?

    • Ravi Nat June 26, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

      As a Concealed carry license holder, one has the right to carry his/her license and in taxi or uber. That should not restrict. What if there is an issue and he/she is not able to defend around the car, outside the car posing danger? There is no use. The ability to carry legally is to use it when needed to protect us, to protect this great country and for righteous use. So, 2nd Amendment should fully be honored. Uber cannot regulate this. So, it is WRONG.

  4. Joe T December 18, 2018 at 12:30 am #

    Well what good does it do to have a unloaded gun locked in a box if someone tries to attack you, or tries to rob you. Including passengers who don’t follow rules. If I am a contracted driver, I have control of my person and vehicle. Not UBER who is not my employer.

  5. Nichole March 12, 2019 at 10:37 pm #

    As a woman I would carry. I have a concealed permit for a reason. For protection of myself. The only way Uber would know or a passenger would know I had one is if I needed to use it and in that case I don’t care if I would lose my Uber driving privileges because I’m alive. I’m not a driver but I would carry.

    • andy December 15, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      you got my point

  6. Tony May 29, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

    Uber is ridiculous. I have my Georgia Weapons Carry Licence and if they ban me from using Uber then so be it. I’m not going to just go without carrying my licensed and registered firearm because some snowflake is under the impression that everyone with a gun is going to shoot someone. All this is going to do, and yes I know I’m a little late to the game as I’ve been carrying my firearm fully loaded and on my hip in Ubers for years, is make people like myself have it concealed instead of open carry (which is legal if licensed in GA). Hell, I’ll use a inside the pants holster instead of a hard sided one.
    I can’t stand how soft people are nowadays, but at least in GA people are such crybabies and I haven’t run into anyone crying about my open carry,

  7. Rio June 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    This is utterly Ridiculous! I live on the south side of chicago and there’s no way that I would be riding around some of the areas not equipped to protect myself. You need to be able to protect yourself from riders and people in areas of high crime. Uber would not take that right away from me.

    • Dr. Joseph L. Napier, Sr November 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

      I am with you on that. Be safe.
      Uber misuses the Transportation Security Administration rule.

      The TSA manages security policies for railroads, buses, pipelines, ports, mass transit systems, and highways. In transportation hubs, the TSA screens baggage and travelers at most of the major airports in the United States. It oversees contracts that are held by private screening firms who serve in a similar capacity.

      You are not flying but driving your car

  8. Thomas J. June 13, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    This is a very fine line they’re walking in the Uber community, and this is going to lead to lawsuits filed against Uber if/when someone is harmed or killed because they weren’t “allowed” to carry their gun in their own car. Your car is considered private property and the right to self preservation should never be taken lightly when total strangers are entering and exiting your car along with areas of your pick up and drop offs that aren’t in the best areas of town.

    A company trying to dictate a policy that hinders a constitutional right needs to be challenged.

  9. M. Jones November 23, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    Unfortunatly I was laid off and the only option I have to make immediate money is to drive for Uber. Because my full time job at this time is trying to find a full time job, my time permits me to drive and earn money from 2am to 7am. I have had a few situations that have caused me to look into taking a local CC class. I will be completing next month. I hate that I even have to worry about something like this. But at these hours, in bigger cities, usually when most violent crimes occur. I see more and more reports where Uber/Lyft drivers are being robbed, car jacked etc…. I am just not going to take that chance. I only drive to put food on the table during this job transition and there is no way I will jeopardize my wellbeing during this time.

  10. Dr. Joseph L. Napier, Sr November 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    (430 ILCS 66/) Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
    (430 ILCS 66/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
    (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13.)

    (430 ILCS 66/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    “Applicant” means a person who is applying for a license to carry a concealed firearm under this Act.
    “Board” means the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.
    “Concealed firearm” means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.
    “Department” means the Department of State Police.
    “Director” means the Director of State Police.
    “Handgun” means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand. “Handgun” does not include:
    (1) a stun gun or taser;
    (2) a machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph

    (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
    (3) a short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in

    item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012; or
    (4) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or

    B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.
    “Law enforcement agency” means any federal, State, or local law enforcement agency, including offices of State’s Attorneys and the Office of the Attorney General.
    “License” means a license issued by the Department of State Police to carry a concealed handgun.
    “Licensee” means a person issued a license to carry a concealed handgun.
    “Municipality” has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
    “Unit of local government” has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
    (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13.)

    (430 ILCS 66/10)
    Sec. 10. Issuance of licenses to carry a concealed firearm.
    (a) The Department shall issue a license to carry a concealed firearm under this Act to an applicant who:
    (1) meets the qualifications of Section 25 of this

    Act;
    (2) has provided the application and documentation

    required in Section 30 of this Act;
    (3) has submitted the requisite fees; and
    (4) does not pose a danger to himself, herself, or

    others, or a threat to public safety as determined by the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board in accordance with Section 20.
    (b) The Department shall issue a renewal, corrected, or duplicate license as provided in this Act.
    (c) A license shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. A license shall permit the licensee to:
    (1) carry a loaded or unloaded concealed firearm,

    fully concealed or partially concealed, on or about his or her person; and
    (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded concealed

    firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle.
    (d) The Department shall make applications for a license available no later than 180 days after the effective date of this Act. The Department shall establish rules for the availability and submission of applications in accordance with this Act.
    (e) An application for a license submitted to the Department that contains all the information and materials required by this Act, including the requisite fee, shall be deemed completed. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, no later than 90 days after receipt of a completed application, the Department shall issue or deny the applicant a license.
    (f) The Department shall deny the applicant a license if the applicant fails to meet the requirements under this Act or the Department receives a determination from the Board that the applicant is ineligible for a license. The Department must notify the applicant stating the grounds for the denial. The notice of denial must inform the applicant of his or her right to an appeal through administrative and judicial review.
    (g) A licensee shall possess a license at all times the licensee carries a concealed firearm except:
    (1) when the licensee is carrying or possessing a

    concealed firearm on his or her land or in his or her abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person’s permission;
    (2) when the person is authorized to carry a firearm

    under Section 24-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012, except subsection (a-5) of that Section; or
    (3) when the handgun is broken down in a

    non-functioning state, is not immediately accessible, or is unloaded and enclosed in a case.
    (h) If an officer of a law enforcement agency initiates an investigative stop, including but not limited to a traffic stop, of a licensee or a non-resident carrying a concealed firearm under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act, upon the request of the officer the licensee or non-resident shall disclose to the officer that he or she is in possession of a concealed firearm under this Act, or present the license upon the request of the officer if he or she is a licensee or present upon the request of the officer evidence under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act that he or she is a non-resident qualified to carry under that subsection. The disclosure requirement under this subsection (h) is satisfied if the licensee presents his or her license to the officer or the non-resident presents to the officer evidence under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act that he or she is qualified to carry under that subsection. Upon the request of the officer, the licensee or non-resident shall also identify the location of the concealed firearm and permit the officer to safely secure the firearm for the duration of the investigative stop. During a traffic stop, any passenger within the vehicle who is a licensee or a non-resident carrying under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act must comply with the requirements of this subsection (h).
    (h-1) If a licensee carrying a firearm or a non-resident carrying a firearm in a vehicle under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act is contacted by a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel, the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel may secure the firearm or direct that it be secured during the duration of the contact if the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel determines that it is necessary for the safety of any person present, including the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. The licensee or nonresident shall submit to the order to secure the firearm. When the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel have determined that the licensee or non-resident is not a threat to the safety of any person present, including the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel, and if the licensee or non-resident is physically and mentally capable of possessing the firearm, the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel shall return the firearm to the licensee or non-resident before releasing him or her from the scene and breaking contact. If the licensee or non-resident is transported for treatment to another location, the firearm shall be turned over to any peace officer. The peace officer shall provide a receipt which includes the make, model, caliber, and serial number of the firearm.
    (i) The Department shall maintain a database of license applicants and licensees. The database shall be available to all federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, State’s Attorneys, the Attorney General, and authorized court personnel. Within 180 days after the effective date of this Act, the database shall be searchable and provide all information included in the application, including the applicant’s previous addresses within the 10 years prior to the license application and any information related to violations of this Act. No law enforcement agency, State’s Attorney, Attorney General, or member or staff of the judiciary shall provide any information to a requester who is not entitled to it by law.
    (j) No later than 10 days after receipt of a completed application, the Department shall enter the relevant information about the applicant into the database under subsection (i) of this Section which is accessible by law enforcement agencies.
    (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13; 98-600, eff. 12-6-13; 99-29, eff. 7-10-15.)

  11. Dr. Joseph L. Napier, Sr November 24, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    Uber is only using a small portion of the law in regard to the transportation of a firearm.
    Illinois allows for the CCW to have a legally concealed firearm on their person even a vehicle, whether it is loaded on unloaded. My 2 cents: If Uber owns the vehicle, then that’s a different story. Criminals don’t obey the law or company policy

  12. Andy S December 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

    It is my right as an American citizen to uphold my second amendment right; “the right to bear arms…” The only reason I do is because society is very unpredictable… you never know when you will be in danger of losing your life. I refuse to be caught short handed because of somebody else’s stupidity ands ignorance. Especially while driving at night in a growing bid city when in some parts police suggest not going unless you know somebody there or live there… oh no not I

  13. Stephen December 31, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    My 15-year old daughter was riding in an Uber in South Florida (oct 20, 2019) and the Uber driver’s concealed 9mm “accidently” went off and shot her through her ankle.

  14. Michelle January 14, 2020 at 12:10 am #

    The BOTTOM line is UBER does NOT have “EMPLOYEES” in my state we are considered INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS if you want to tell us what we can and can NOT do then you need to pay us at least minimum wage( which 99% of us do NOT currently make) and classify us as an EMPLOYEE if not …STFU

  15. rich m July 8, 2020 at 9:05 am #

    As I understand it, I’m just supposed to die if I’m attacked. Well NV open car carry laws (LAW) states that I CAN have a firearm. I will use in defense of my life or property. Especially, with crime so high now, july 2020. Protect yourself. Don’t die for a $5 ride

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