Uber has banned firearms across the board for both drivers and riders.
According to the AP, the new Uber policy went into effect on June 10, making its policy as strict as its competitor Lyft. "We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service," the new policy reads. "During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle." Riders or drivers may be banned from the platform if they break this rule.
Before the new policy, Uber deferred to local laws regarding the carrying of firearms. In a statement to The New Republic, Uber says the change was made to make sure all users of their service felt "safe and comfortable" and the decision came after "assessing existing policies and carefully reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners."
The rule change came days after a driver in Chicago, who had a permit to carry his gun, fired at passengers who vandalized his car. Back in April, another driver in Chicago fired at a gunman, but no charges were filed because prosecutors ruled he was acting in defense of himself and others.
Just a week before the firearm ban, the California Labor Commission ruled that drivers are employees and not independent contractors, as Uber has always contended. The Commission contends that Uber is too heavily involved in the driver's operations to not consider the drivers employees. This ban would seem to only support that ruling.