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.
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.