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Two recent and unfortunate violent crimes against rideshare drivers have resulted in drivers in California and across the country demanding changes in Uber and Lyft’s anti-gun policy. Uber and Lyft prohibit passengers or drivers from carrying guns while they are a driver or passenger in a rideshare vehicle. Drivers are now asking these rideshare companies to review their weapons policies in order to permit drivers to carry firearms in their vehicles as a safety precaution.
Los Angeles weapons charges attorneys know that most often people have guns to use only in an emergency situation for self-defense and there is a good chance that some of these rideshare drivers will look the other way when it comes to rideshare weapons policies in order to protect themselves from dangerous passengers.
Two recent rideshare incidents have led to this wave of rideshare drivers calling for policy reviews and changes.
California has seen its share of rideshare driver attacks as well, most notably the Taco Bell executive who was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his Uber driver and was subsequently fired from his job after the video was released. Another driver crashed his vehicle into a tree and he alleged it was caused by his drunk Uber passengers attacking him. This past summer another CaliforniaUber driver was beaten and robbed by several of his passengers.
It is understandable why some rideshare drivers may feel safer with a gun or other weapon with them while working. Presumably, most people who have guns and other deadly weapons want them for protection in the event that someone threatens their lives. California and the federal government have strict gun control laws, however, and if they are not explicitly followed when obtaining a firearm, the consequences of a weapons charge can be severe.
If you have charged with a gun or other weapons crime, contact a Los Angeles weapons charges attorney at Okabe & Haushalter to discuss the facts of your case and related charges.