Uber drivers and passengers have to follow a new company policy. Uber has banned all firearms from any vehicle used for its service.
The policy comes two months after an Uber driver shot a man who was firing into a crowd of people in a Chicago neighborhood.
The Uber driver had a concealed carry license and was not charged with a crime, but it raised the question of safety and comfort for its drivers and riders. Their new policy states "Uber and its affiliates prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform."
Lyft, another ride-sharing company, has a similar policy banning all weapons. And, Lyft reserves the right to determine what a weapon is. Both companies conduct background checks on their drivers.
Oklahoma is an "open carry" state where licensed gun holders can legally carry their firearms in various places.
2 Works for You reached out to the Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. The Tulsa Police Department says they have no input regarding private business practices.
The scope of Uber's responsibility of its drivers remains in question.
Last week, the California Labor Commission ruled an Uber driver in San Francisco was an employee of the company, and not an independent contractor as Uber suggested.