Uber stops letting its drivers and passengers carry guns

Car service app juggernaut Uber has quietly changed its policy to prohibit its drivers from carrying firearms while they’re on duty.

Previously, Uber had deferred to local laws when it came to whether or not its drivers could carry guns.

In an update to the Legal section on Uber’s website there’s a new “Uber Firearms Prohibition Policy,” first noticed by The New Republic. It says:

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.

In other words, carrying a gun is grounds for losing your Uber-driving privileges.

Back in April, an Uber driver with a concealed handgun stopped a mass shooting in Chicago. Meanwhile, Lyft has barred its drivers from carrying firearms for some time.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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