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Your Uber Driver Could Be Packing Heat, and You Wouldn't Know It (from 2015)

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TonyAlmeida
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 Posted 1 year ago

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Uber lets (at least used to) carry guns. While Lyft doesn't.  Wow, Uber used to allow this until just a few years ago.

"Uber is standing by the driver’s right to carry a weapon while working. Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin told NBC Chicago that she had “had no comment on the driver’s actions other than to say the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state, and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles.” (In 2013, Illinois became the last state in the country to pass a concealed carry law.) Mullin later told me in an email that Uber is “not commenting further on this incident in Chicago.”

Lyft has a decidedly different policy. A spokeswoman directed me to the company’s Weapons Policy page, which states that the company has a “strict ‘no weapons’ policy.” “This means that if any driver or passenger possesses a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, regardless of whether possession is legal where they are, they will be removed from the platform,” reads the page. Lyft reserves the right to judge “what constitutes a ‘weapon,’” and the company says it made the decision “from a community perspective.” “It’s hard to know what someone else is or isn’t comfortable with. The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed.” 

Read more: https://newrepublic.com/article/121613/uber-lets-drivers-carry-guns-lyft-doesnt


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    momof4
    8115 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I am with you Red ANT. I believe there was an incident in Florida in August this year where a crazy bf went after an Uber driver thinking his gf was in the Uber. It was her friend. The Uber driver had a permit ended up shooting him.  Classic "stand your ground" case. Never heard if he was deactivated but it was a legal shooting. If I am not mistaken Uber now says (at least as of Oct 2017)drivers and riders cannot carry firearms. 

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      desitrevino
      21
       1 year ago

      Oh really, so Uber drivers cannot carry firearms?

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        momof4
        8115 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        As of October 2017 no.

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    momof4
    8115 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Funny how it says "Driver may be packing heat and you wouldn't know it".  What about riders who may be packing and we wouldn't know it. Lol

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      CWalcutt75
      252 Driver
       1 year ago

      I assume all passengers are packing heat. 

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        momof4
        8115 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        If not heat. Some type of weapon, drugs, alcohol or all the above:)

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    RedANT
    1072 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    The only way they'll ever know is if you're in such a dire situation that you're required to draw your firearm.  In that case, I'll gladly sacrifice my Lyft riches to ensure my own survival.  

    Do I carry a firearm on my person while driving?  No.   (that I keep it in my purse is none of their business)  CYA and always have a valid CCW/CPL.  

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      bBerman81
      268 Rider
       1 year ago

      Ya know, you have a strong case here.  The consequences of facing physical harm vs. being fired by Lyft...  the answer is pretty obvious.

      You are following the law after all.  You wouldn't be going to the slammer for carrying one.  

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    chipsavoy
    141
     1 year ago

    Why is it called Packing Heat?

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      momof4
      8115 Rider Driver
       1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

      Heat or heater is slang for gun. Pack informal meaning of to carry. According to google. Lol

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    ippei
    1201 Driver Rider Guru
     1 year ago