Georgia business owner requires all employees to be armed

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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A Georgia business owner is requiring all of his employees to be armed

GRIFFIN, GA -- A Georgia business owner is now requiring that all his employees get a concealed carry handgun permit -- and be armed while on the clock.

Lance Toland and Associates provides risk management services to aircraft insurers.

Toland tells local station WSB reports about crime prompted his decision to require all that all his employees carry a weapon.

Once his employees get their licenses, he gives them a Taurus Judge, a pistol that has a rifled barrel and is sometimes called a "hand cannon."

Toland says all his aviation insurance agencies carry the guns openly in the office.

Employee Andrea Van Buren supports the decision, saying "You're willing to commit to training, commit to becoming an expert on the firearm, and -- also you have to commit to be ready to use it if you have to."

Toland told WSB he thinks several high-profile business owners with private planes may soon follow his lead and require their employees to carry guns, as well.