Uber: No firearms al­lowed on rides

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Ride-hail­ing app com­pany Uber said it is ban­ning its riders and driv­ers from car­ry­ing guns.

Uber Tech­nolo­gies said it is ban­ning firearms of any kind dur­ing rides ar­ranged through the Uber plat­form, and driv­ers or riders who vi­o­late the rule may lose ac­cess. The rules also ap­ply to Uber’s af­fil­i­ates.

The com­pany said Fri­day it changed its firearms pol­icy June 10 to make sure riders and driv­ers feel com­fort­able. In a state­ment, Uber said it made the change af­ter re­view­ing feed­back from both pas­sen­gers and Uber driv­ers. Pre­vi­ously, it had de­ferred to lo­cal law on the is­sue.

San Fran­cisco-based Uber lets pas­sen­gers sum­mon cars through an app in more than 250 cities world­wide, and the pri­vately held com­pany is val­ued at around $40 bil­lion. How­ever, it’s faced le­gal and reg­u­la­tory chal­lenges as it ex­pands in the United States and abroad. It has also been crit­i­cized over the thor­ough­ness of the back­ground checks it does on driv­ers and other safety is­sues.

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