We’ve seen it several times. A good guy with a gun uses a gun to protect human life, but then they have to worry about whether they’ll lose their job with a ridesharing service because they were armed while working.
It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue. No company should bar its employees from carrying a firearm if it’s legal for them to do so, yet plenty of them do.
Ridesharing, however, is particularly egregious because you’re using your property for work purposes.
Now, it seems a bill in Georgia is hoping to change that.
Rep. Scot Turner is sponsoring House Bill 74, along with four other Republican lawmakers, Rep. Heath Clark, Rep. Alan Powell, Rep. Jason Ridley, and Rep. Joseph Gullett.
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 4 of Article 3 of Chapter 1 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to ride share network services and transportation referral services, so as to prohibit ride share network services from disallowing ride share drivers who are weapons carry license holders from carrying or possessing weapons in a vehicle that is used for purposes of the ride share network service; to provide for a definition; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Now, I’m going to be honest, my first response was that I really don’t like governments telling companies what they can and can’t do.
However, the problem comes when you consider that this is a rights issue. For one, these cars aren’t owned by the rideshare services, but by the drivers. That makes it, at least in part, a property rights issue in addition to a Second Amendment issue. It’s one thing to tell me I can’t carry on your property while in your employ, but quite another to do so when it’s my property.
Another problem is that this becomes a safety issue. Carjacking is a thing, and rideshare drivers sometimes have to go to sketchy parts of town, areas they wouldn’t travel in at night unless they absolutely had to. This may make them more susceptible to being targeted for crimes and may endanger them unless they’re armed.
While most rideshare transactions happen every day without any issue, we’ve seen multiple examples of them not going according to plan. Rideshare drivers have been murdered. A pregnant woman driving for Lyft was stabbed to death just a few days ago by her passenger, for example.
After all, once upon a time, our advice to people was to not get in the car with anyone you didn’t know, yet rideshare drivers do it all the time (admittedly, so do their passengers, but nothing is stopping them from being armed other than local laws).
The bill proposed in Georgia is very new. It just went into the House Hopper a few days ago and is being read. We’ll have to see if this bill gets any traction, but I hope it does. I pray that it does and that it travels to other states. While we all know the usual suspects will never pass such a law–funny how they’ll back companies when guns are the issue–a lot of states just might.
I wish these gentlemen luck on this one.