Company owner requires workers to have firearm at the office

ATLANTA (AP) – The owner of a small insurance company in Georgia is requiring his employees to carry a firearm at the office, sparking a debate: Does having a gun on the job make you safer, or is it inviting violence into the workplace?

Lance Toland is the owner of Lance Toland Associates, an aviation insurance firm. All 12 employees have been told to get concealed carry permits. Then he gives each of them a revolver known as “The Judge.”

So far, he says, none of his workers has balked at the mandate.

The decision has led to a debate among those who say it’s a smart idea for employees to carry a firearm for protection – and others who say it could invite violence in a workplace when there’s a heated dispute.

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