A recent poll, conducted by Texas-based legal defense group U.S. Law Shield has found that an overwhelming number of poll takers prefer that drivers for the popular ride-sharing app Uber be able to be armed when behind the wheel.
By more than a 4:1 margin, members of U.S. Law Shield responded in the online survey that they will not support Uber because of its carry policy.
The survey was attached to a story that U.S. Law Shield posted about a Florida Uber driver named Namique Anderson, who would likely lose his driving gig for violating Uber’s “no guns” policy after a life or death situation in which Anderson defended himself and his passenger against a man pointing guns at them.
Below is the public reaction to the ruling and the choices that many folks are making to say that this is the last straw for Uber.
About 76%, or 283 of 374 respondents, said they will not use Uber as a result of its carry policy. While roughly 17% said the carry policy won’t affect their decision to use Uber, and another 7% said they weren’t sure because they had not used Uber. This is a huge margin who disagree with Uber's policy regarding firearms.
Uber’s published policy on the Legal section of its website is as follows:
Uber Firearms Prohibition Policy
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.*
Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.
So what do you all think? Do you use Uber? Does this affect your choice to ride with them if you do? Let us know in the comments below.