Uber changes policy to ban guns

Lynn La for CNet.com reports:

Uber, the ride-hailing company based in San Francisco, has reworked its legal policies to include a ban on firearm possession by its drivers and passengers.

“We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform…feels safe and comfortable,” the new policy reads. “Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle.” Those found violating the rule may lose access to Uber’s services.

The update was first reported by the New Republic, amid news of Wednesday’s shootings in Charleston, SC, where a 21-year-old white man opened fire at the historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church, killing nine people.

Uber has noted, however, that its policy change was made June 10 — a week before the shootings occurred. The company said it made the change “after assessing existing policies and carefully reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners.”

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