Do You Allow Chauffeurs To Carry Guns As Uber Does?

Jim Luff
Posted on May 6, 2015
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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Comments ( 1 )
  • stewart

     | about 6 years ago

    Over a year ago I got involved in a chat over armed drivers with some one at chauffuer driven and other associates in the field and oh boy, was that an experience. As I repeatedly pointed out, the standing orders from the California PUC expressly forbid weapons and from every nasty chest thumpin 2nd amendment howling individual that leapt through my computer screen I fed them back their own states regulations and wouldnt you know it? I never found one state that codified the notion of armed chauffeurs much less taxi drivers, livery drivers, jitney, or para transit? What I did find how ever was security gyard related status none of whcih were commercial for hire livery etc, it was either or so to speak. But never did I expect those people on Linkedin to contact P&A magazine to complain to them that as a guest columnist that I was anti 2nd amendment so much so that P&A cut me column. So lets get it straight, I am a supporter of Moms demand Action, a group spawned out of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I am Vietnam veteran, and when it comes to violence and the damage done, I am well aware of it all. Uber is flirting with disaster by taking a lazie faire attitude to concealed wepons in cars and every one of us who do this work know it. if any one wants to look the other way if they know an employee is strapped, locked and loaded, as a matter of routine, then they shouldnt be surprised if some day every one else finds about it on the evening news and a a rsult regulators shut you down under the rules, regulations, and laws governing for hire commercial limousine livery taxi paratransit operqtions in a given town county or state, or even crossing state lines like the tri state area of the northeast, or cities like Las Vegas. The notion is ill advised.

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