Atlanta business owner Lance Toland requires all of his employees to get concealed carry permits and then gives them guns once they have the permits in hand.
Toland’s business is in the aviation insurance field. He said he made the decision to require concealed permits in light of a recent increase in “home invasions and violent crime in the Atlanta metro area.”
According to The Palm Beach Post, Toland grew concerned “for his employees’ safety,” most of whom are women scattered throughout three different office locations.
Toland said, “They all had their conceal carry permit within three to four weeks of me announcing that this was something you had to do.” Once they received their permit Toland gave each a Taurus Judge handgun to keep on their person or at the desk at which they sit. Taurus Judge handguns are revolvers that shoot .45 caliber bullets or .410 shotgun shells. A Judge loaded with .410 shells gives the user the added advantage of shooting a pattern of buckshot at an attacker, rather than a single bullet.
Toland indicated that his insurance company works with a number of “high profile business owners who have private planes,” and many of them are thinking about requiring concealed permits and gun possession for their employees, as well. He said, “A lot of my clients are high fiving when they hear this. They think it’s the best things for a company to mandate gun ownership and be responsible.”