Do You Allow Chauffeurs To Carry Guns As Uber Does?

Posted on May 6, 2015 by - Also by this author

He could work for Uber, but not for Lyft. What about your chauffeurs?
He could work for Uber, but not for Lyft. What about your chauffeurs?

On a rare occasion, a client will request an armed chauffeur. Fortunately, I am able to accommodate such requests because I employ police officers authorized to carry a weapon at all times. However, I also have chauffeurs who possess a concealed weapons permit, but I specifically forbid them from carrying weapons at work for many reasons.

Last month, an Uber driver came upon some type of confrontation that involved a man with a gun. The 47-year-old Uber driver pulled his vehicle over, grabbed a shotgun out of the trunk, and fired six shots injuring the man with the gun. It begs the questions: Is he a hero? Is he a vigilante? Is he an idiot? Article here

I don’t know the answer but this is one reason among many that I don’t want weapons in the vehicle. Can you imagine a passenger’s thoughts as a chauffeur pops the trunk open to load luggage and there is a shotgun in the trunk? While the Uber driver did not have passengers in the vehicle at the time, it could have turned out much worse for all.

Just because a private citizen has a concealed weapons permit does not mean they have the same type of training and discipline required of a police officer to decide when it is appropriate to brandish a weapon. Barry Quinn, an Illinois Assistant State Attorney, has told NBC Chicago that no charges will be filed as it appears to be self-defense or the defense of another person and was considered legal.  
Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin says Uber is fine with their drivers carrying guns if they have the proper permit but no further comment would be made about this incident.  Lyft has a very different policy and even has a “Weapons Policy Page” that forbids drivers or passengers from possessing a weapon.
In light of how crazy the world has become with police officers being shot just for wearing the uniform, maybe I am wrong. Maybe everyone should have a gun so when random criminals cause disruptions or violence, and there's no law enforcement in the vicinity, armed civilians step into the breach. Your thoughts please?

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