While boarding the bus and preparing to pay, the bus driver rudely and loudly says: "NO, GET OFF". I asked what the problem was and he points to my hip where I had my sidearm holstered and started pontificating about the rules and how firearms aren't allowed on PAT buses. Since PAT is the port authority of Allegheny, as such I am sure you are aware that Pennsylvania's Firearm Preemption Clause 18 PA.C.S. § 6120 states, "No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms.
Knowing this I told him that he legally can't kick me off for having my sidearm at which point he yells for me to get off. I ask for his name so I could file a complaint and he responds by saying he's going to call the police if I don't get off the bus. I told him to go ahead and call the police and we'll have a documented account if he refuses to identify himself to me. He gets on the phone and appears to try and contact the police. After a few minutes, I suspect he realized I wasn't going to leave just because he said the word "police" (nor was I since I was completely in the right) he relented and gave me his operator number (1469).
My complaint comes down on two fronts.
First, the driver kicked me off for made up reasons that inconvenienced me greatly.
Secondly, his rudeness and lack of professionalism reflects poorly on the port authority and its other drivers.
I would hope that the proper measures and actions are taken so that this situation, especially from this driver, will not occur again. I will say that this was the first time in the 10+ years of riding PAT buses that I have every encountered this problem and I am hoping that it will be the last.