UBER Driver Disregards Company’s ‘Gun-Free Zone’ Policy, Shoots Passenger Who Was Choking Him

Just weeks after ride share service UBER declared a firearms ban inside their vehicles, one Clear Water, Florida, driver shot a passenger who was attacking and choking him.

The assailant, 60-year-old Marc Gregory Mermel, must have gotten the memo and figured the driver, 74-year-old Steven Rayow, would be an easy target. Little did the assailant know, however, that Rayow disregarded the company’s no-gun policy, and was armed with a pistol.

After an argument broke out between the two men, Mermel choked Rayow, “who pulled a gun from his waistband.” In the ensuing altercation, Mermel was shot in the foot.

But this is far from the first time a gun used against or by an UBER driver. Two months before the new policy was enacted, one UBER driver used his conceal carry weapon to thwart an attempted mass shooting in Chicago, and shortly after the new policy was set in motion another UBER driver was robbed at gunpoint.

The reality is, we live in a world filled with guns, and paperwork doesn’t deter criminals from disobeying the law. UBER’s new no-gun stance may be good for business, but it clearly isn’t good for the wellbeing of their drivers.

(The story was authored by freelance writer Brent Rogers)

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  • John August 5, 2016, 7:22 am

    If you are picking up strangers & not armed, you are an idiot. Illinois was the last state to get CC, but I carried for 30 years whenever I went to Chicago. I didn’t want to break the law, but then I didn’t want to get killed in Murder City either. Thankfully I never got in a bad situation, even when we got lost a couple times, and ended up in a bad neighborhood. I was lucky.

    • Tom Cox April 11, 2017, 4:26 pm

      Good for you………knowing that the legality trouble you could have invoked is far less than the troubles a mugging or similar would have caused you. I am a Uber driver and I carry my weapon at all times. Any fare trying to mug me will find me to NOT be the easy mark they think. As I frequently drive to an airport in a major city, at night, I feel that I am also offering my passengers a further layer of protection. If Uber wants my gun they can have their damn job….my safety, and that of my passengers, is more important to me than their quasi-political doctrine.

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