The other day I had a passenger who was an off-duty cop and very clearly was carrying a gun. It didn't really bother me but it got me thinking, shouldn't I be able to deny someone access to my car if they have a gun? Is there a rule on this?
Can I deny an off-duty cop a ride in my car if they are carrying a gun?
The Guru Take
Against the rules but not necessarily against the law
I am not sure whether if the rider being a police officer changes anything or not. Let me answer it in the capacity I know.
Uber prohibits both drivers and passengers to carry guns in their vehicles. Here's their statement:
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.
* To the extent permitted by applicable law.
Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) prohibit drivers from carrying guns, but do not have a clear stance on passengers.
In both cases of Uber and TLC, these rules very difficult to enforce. Also, despite the fact they "prohibit" people from carrying guns, this does not make it illegal for users to carry them. Therefore, in your case with the off-duty police officer, as long as he has the right to be carrying his weapon, the only recourse you have is the rule set forth by Uber.