Americans work to reverse Uber's ban on firearms

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Last week we learned that Uber was going to begin prohibiting drivers and customers from carrying legal weapons in Uber vehicles. Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, has a similar policy. Customers have been vocal about their displeasure with the company’s decision and a petition was started online hoping to reverse the ban.

The ban is a clear violation of the driver’s right to carry as the driver is using their own car, not Uber’s car. It also makes the driver less safe from a potential carjacking, robbery or assault. It also makes those seeking a ride via Uber’s app vulnerable as they will no longer be able to carry their firearm, even though they would otherwise it would be legal to do so. Uber classifies their drivers as “independent contractors,” not employees. So Uber does not have the right to prohibit one’s constitutional right of self-defense and ability to bear arms.

Licensed permit-holders are some of the most law-abiding citizens in the country and have undergone a very extensive background check. Much more extensive than Uber’s own background check.  Prohibiting weapons doesn’t make anyone safe, except the criminals. Even a licensed Uber driver in Chicago saved lives by firing on a criminal shooting into a crowded street.  Prosecutors declined to press charges against the driver because he defended others.

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Americans work to reverse Uber’s ban on firearms

uber-driver

Last week we learned that Uber was going to begin prohibiting drivers and customers from carrying legal weapons in Uber vehicles. Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, has a similar policy. Customers have been vocal about their displeasure with the company’s decision and a petition was started online hoping to reverse the ban.

The ban is a clear violation of the driver’s right to carry as the driver is using their own car, not Uber’s car. It also makes the driver less safe from a potential carjacking, robbery or assault. It also makes those seeking a ride via Uber’s app vulnerable as they will no longer be able to carry their firearm, even though they would otherwise it would be legal to do so. Uber classifies their drivers as “independent contractors,” not employees. So Uber does not have the right to prohibit one’s constitutional right of self-defense and ability to bear arms.

Licensed permit-holders are some of the most law-abiding citizens in the country and have undergone a very extensive background check. Much more extensive than Uber’s own background check.  Prohibiting weapons doesn’t make anyone safe, except the criminals. Even a licensed Uber driver in Chicago saved lives by firing on a criminal shooting into a crowded street.  Prosecutors declined to press charges against the driver because he defended others.

Texas Moms Demand Action not happy with 'Come and Take It' event in Austin

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There was a demonstration today, January 13, 2015, by Come and Take It Texas—one of the gun rights groups arguing for the passage of HB 195, which would allow the open carry of handguns with no permitting or background check requirement and putting Texas in compliance with the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. Texas is one of five other States, along with CA, NY, IL and SC, that do not have the freedom to open carry a handgun. In the last year and a half Texan gun rights groups all around the Lone Star State have walked ,assembled and engaged in humanitarian efforts all while open carrying their long guns and black powder pistols. This has succeeded in educating the public as well as law enforcement, to show that the presence of firearms in public is not only safe but highly supported. Stickland’s H.B.195 is what the Come and Take It Texas organization demands and the group intends to present it in a way as big as Texas itself. Restoration of  human, civil and Constitutional rights is not requested. A “war cry” by brusquely impatient patriots was heard today, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the legislators clock out and beyond. Governor Elect Gregg Abbott has already pledged to sign open carry into law. Now all eyes are on the “law makers” to do the right thing, To honor their oath of office and return Texans their Freedom.

The Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released a statement (below) from volunteer Claire Elizabeth:

“As Texans and parents, we refuse to have to determine whether the people open carrying around us are members of law enforcement sworn to protect us, activists making a political statement –like those holding the armed rally at the Capitol today – or dangerous criminals who intend to harm us.  Make no mistake: expanding open carry is simply an attempt by the gun lobby to make it acceptable for anyone to open carry guns everywhere, no questions asked. In fact, HB 195, the bill Come and Take It Texas supports, would allow the open carry of handguns without any permit requirements, not even a background check. This is not the Texas we want to raise our families in.”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement disarm Americans and proposes measures to circumvent the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger violations of the Constitution. Since its inception after the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violation of rights organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors.

Texas Moms Demand Action not happy with ‘Come and Take It’ event in Austin

come-and-take-it

There was a demonstration today, January 13, 2015, by Come and Take It Texas—one of the gun rights groups arguing for the passage of HB 195, which would allow the open carry of handguns with no permitting or background check requirement and putting Texas in compliance with the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. Texas is one of five other States, along with CA, NY, IL and SC, that do not have the freedom to open carry a handgun. In the last year and a half Texan gun rights groups all around the Lone Star State have walked ,assembled and engaged in humanitarian efforts all while open carrying their long guns and black powder pistols. This has succeeded in educating the public as well as law enforcement, to show that the presence of firearms in public is not only safe but highly supported. Stickland’s H.B.195 is what the Come and Take It Texas organization demands and the group intends to present it in a way as big as Texas itself. Restoration of  human, civil and Constitutional rights is not requested. A “war cry” by brusquely impatient patriots was heard today, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the legislators clock out and beyond. Governor Elect Gregg Abbott has already pledged to sign open carry into law. Now all eyes are on the “law makers” to do the right thing, To honor their oath of office and return Texans their Freedom.

The Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released a statement (below) from volunteer Claire Elizabeth:

“As Texans and parents, we refuse to have to determine whether the people open carrying around us are members of law enforcement sworn to protect us, activists making a political statement –like those holding the armed rally at the Capitol today – or dangerous criminals who intend to harm us.  Make no mistake: expanding open carry is simply an attempt by the gun lobby to make it acceptable for anyone to open carry guns everywhere, no questions asked. In fact, HB 195, the bill Come and Take It Texas supports, would allow the open carry of handguns without any permit requirements, not even a background check. This is not the Texas we want to raise our families in.”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement disarm Americans and proposes measures to circumvent the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger violations of the Constitution. Since its inception after the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violation of rights organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors.

U.S. Supreme court to consider NJ gun law

Tomorrow, May 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear New Jersey’s firearms law as to whether firearm possession is a privilege or a right. Most libertarians would consider the Second Amendment to read that it is an inherent right for the People to keep and bear arms, and that right should not be infringed.

Read rest of the story here.

 

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