Reverse ban on legally carried firearms in Uber vehicles

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No Response to Policy Change

Just two weeks ago, Uber changed its policy to prohibit legally carried firearms within their vehicles. There has been quite a bit of conversation on whether they can even do this considering all their drivers are indepedent contractors. While courts will ultimately decide on that dilemma, I'd like to point out at least one state law that prohibits Uber from enacting such a policy in the first place. Wisconsin law states the following: 175.60 (15m) Employer Restrictions (b) An employer may not prohibit a licensee or an out-of-state licensee, as a condition of employment, from carrying a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition or from storing a weapon, a particular type of weapon, or ammunition in the licensee's or out-of-state licensee's own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in the course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the employer. Given that Uber has decided to no longer just simply follow state laws regarding the carry of firearms, in at least one state, their policy runs in contrary to that law. If employers in Wisconsin are prohibited from banning firearms in personal vehicles, even in the course of employment, wouldn't an independent contractor have even more freedom? I would encourage all Wisconsin residents to review this law and if applicable, please consider taking legal action against Uber. I've started both a Facebook and Twitter account to update on this campaign and I would encourage you to follow. Please continue to spread the word about the petition and hopefully Uber will realize that their previous policy was the best course of action. There is nothing wrong with staying neutral and following state laws.

Jason M
7 years ago