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Friday, August 18, 2017

Uber Driver Sues Over No-Guns Policy

The popular ride-sharing service Uber has banned firearms for both passengers and drivers since 2015—bizarrely instituting the ban after a heroic driver stopped a crazed gunman in Chicago. Now one Uber driver in Florida is suing the company, asserting that the policy violates state law.

Courthouse News Service reports that Jose Mejia has filed a class-action lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale federal court, alleging that Uber’s no-guns rule runs afoul of the Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act, which was passed in 2008. “You may or may not agree with the Second Amendment, but it is not up to Uber to unilaterally decide drivers’ constitutional rights or their rights under this law,” said Mejia’s attorney, Elizabeth Beck.

Another Florida Uber driver, Mary Ann Krivda, voiced her support: “If someone can get into your car with a concealed weapon, there’s no reason you should not be able to carry a concealed weapon, too. It’s your car, and anything can happen.”