As the gun debate still rages throughout the country and various states grapple with new open carry and campus carry laws, one business in Georgia is taking things a step further, requiring all of its employees obtain a concealed carry license so they can carry at work.
“Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person, said business owner Lance Toland in this story from WSB-TV in Atlanta. “It’s a 5 shot .410, just like a shotgun, and you call it a hand cannon.”
The guns Toland bought for each of his employees, according to this story from controversialtimes.com, is actually called a Taurus Judge, the beefy 3-inch-chamber revolver that can fire .410 shotshells or .45 Long Colt rounds.
Lance Toland Associates is an aviation insurance agency that has several offices throughout the state. Toland says he gives employees the firearm once they get their CCW license. His new mandate is a result of a surge in crime in the Atlanta metro area, according to this story form lawnewz.com.
“A lot of my clients are high-fiving when they hear this. They think it’s the best thing for a company to mandate gun ownership and be responsible,” Toland said in the story. He says most of his employees are women. Within a few weeks of the announcement, all employees had gotten their license, Toland said.
Georgia passed its expanded gun laws in 2014 in a legislation package called the “guns everywhere bill” which allowed licensed gun owners to carry in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings.