If you ever needed a story that underscores how little standards there are in renting through Airbnb, I think having your two year old find an unsecured firearm in a home you’ve rented and then not receiving any sort of meaningful response from the management company or Airbnb has to be it.
To be clear, there are second amendment rights to firearm ownership. Whether you like guns or hate them, Heller was rightly decided. But there’s no right to rent out a home to others with a firearm inside that’s not even prominently disclosed in the listing.
Last week, my 2 year old son found this in the bedroom closet of our @Airbnb rental.
We asked for the gun to be removed but they never came to take it.
We sent in a picture to Airbnb to alert them, but so far they're"still investigating." pic.twitter.com/7nhB7Js50u
— Matt Rivera (@rivera) February 21, 2022
I don’t care whether this is a BB gun or a rifle, and whether there’s no ammunition. It’s not the guest’s responsibility to identify the type of weapon and extent to which the situation is dangerous. Some people know guns, others don’t, and a working knowledge of firearms isn’t listed anywhere as a prerequisite for an Airbnb account.
And the notion that Airbnb didn’t respond immediately and with multiple followups? That’s disconcerting to say the least.
Any gun belonging to an owner should be secured, but also shouldn’t be in any home for rent on Airbnb or through another platform. If you find an unsecured weapon inside a home you’ve rented (or a hotel room) don’t touch it. You don’t want your finger prints on it.
This was flagged for me by @JohnGaltPattaya who asked for my comment and at the time all that occurred to me was,
That if this were a Marriott, the guest would be charged an amenity fee?
— gary leff (@garyleff) February 21, 2022
On the other hand, none of this post applies to lodging rentals in Chicago, where firearms should be a basic expectation in any accommodation just like running water and heat.