Cedar Rapids considers allowing guns in cabs

A Cedar Rapids City Council member is seeking analysis from the city’s lawyers before the council votes on a proposal to allow firearms in city-licensed taxi cabs.

The Gazette reports that at Tuesday night’s meeting, council member Justin Shields called for more debate on the proposal. It will be the subject of a public hearing on May 24.

Under the change, taxi drivers could carry guns if they are licensed to carry a firearm. Current law doesn’t allow drivers to be armed.

The proposal comes shortly after the April 29 stabbing death of a female taxi driver during a robbery attempt.