Drivers and passengers can no longer carry guns on Uber rides, even if they have a legal permit. Uber previously allowed partners to drive with guns, as long as they “abide(d) by local, state, and federal laws.” The transportation company told the New Republic that “we have adopted a no-firearms policy to ensure that both drivers and riders feel safe and comfortable on the platform.” It added that it made the changes on June 10th, well before the deadly Charleston attacks, and only after “reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners.”
Uber’s main rival, Lyft, has what it calls a “strict” no weapons policy in place. Though laws in many US states allow citizens to carry guns in public, private businesses have the right to ban them from their premises or vehicles. As the WSJ pointed out, however, Uber is on murky legal ground there since it doesn’t employ the drivers directly or own the cars. Further muddying the waters, California recently ruled that Uber drivers are, in fact, employees.