Georgia Business Owner Requires Employees to be Armed

From:,  by Fuzzy Slippers,  on Feb 24, 2016,  see the article HERE.

Taurus Judge 410

While Obama and the progressive left continue their gun-grabbing attempts to leave law-abiding citizens at the mercy of random shooters and terrorists, one business owner in Georgia has instituted a new policy that requires all of his employees to obtain a concealed carry permit so they can be armed in the workplace.

WSB-TV reports:

A local business owner with several offices in Georgia is now requiring all of his employees to get a concealed carry license and be armed.

After each employee at Lance Toland Associates gets their license, Toland presents them with a gun known as the judge. He says it is one of the most effective self-defense weapons and all his aviation insurance agencies carry them openly in the office.

“Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person. I would not want to come into one of my facilities,” Toland said. “It’s a 5 shot .410, just like a shotgun and you call it hand cannon.

Apparently his employees were eager to meet this new requirement and earn their own .410 judge pistol.

Toland said after hearing about recent home invasions and violent crime in the metro Atlanta area, he came up with the new office mandate.

“They all had their conceal carry permit within 3 to 4 weeks of me announcing that this was something you had to do,” he said. “With the presentation of their license, they all got a 4/10 judge pistol.”

Toland told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie he did it out of concern for his employees’ safety.

“I have a number of offices and most of my employees are women,” he says.

According to one employee who is thrilled with the new mandate, employees must be “willing to get the training, become an expert and if you pull it out, you have to be ready to use it.”

Not only is his new requirement a winner with his employees, but his clients have also expressed their support for the measure.

Toland has offices in Griffin, St. Simons Island and Atlanta where they insure aircrafts worldwide.

. . . .  Toland says several high-profile business owners who have private planes he insures may follow his lead.

“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,” he said.


Well, this is a unique solution to home invasions and attacks on women. I’m pleased that there weren’t any negative ramifications noted in the article. According to the article, the new policy is popular with his employees. They’ve all been trained, secured their carry licenses and are committed to using the .410 if necessary. This new policy has probably achieved a level of publicity that may have been prohibitively expensive otherwise – so, Mr. Toland has secured his offices, secured his employees, warned off any thugs or terrorists, and got himself some free publicity all in one swell foop. All for in the neighborhood of $500 a gun. Pretty smart cookie, I’d say.

It is an odd choice though. I feel the selection of a .410 handgun is a really peculiar choice. There are dozens of handguns that would have made more sense to me, and would have been easier for his employees to shoot, not to mention lighter to carry, like many .357 revolvers. Ongoing practice would be cheaper by shooting .38’s at the range as well. I suspect that highlighting the Judge was part of his marketing plan. It does grab your attention.

That Judge is a sizable piece of hardware and at 29 oz. it’s heavy. Being heavy would help to tame recoil, but a .410 handgun would be a handful for most women who aren’t seasoned shooters.




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8 Responses to Georgia Business Owner Requires Employees to be Armed

  1. CW says:

    It’s interesting and a little surprising to me that a private plane insurance company would do this, but then again we live in dangerous times, especially with the growing racial violence that the leftists are stirring up.

  2. Hardnox says:

    A Thursday feel good story!

    Lefty heads explode… 3…2…1…

  3. Kathy says:

    I’m kind of surprised he didn’t give them a choice and would like to hear reactions from more of the female employees on the judge. The gun being shown toward the end of the video wasn’t a judge – it was a smaller handgun, which would make more sense for most women.

    I’ve fired a judge and didn’t like the weight of it or the recoil. Carrying it on your person seems like it would be quite cumbersome, and I’d think most women would be happier with a lighter weight smaller caliber gun.

  4. Saltwater says:

    I have mixed feelings on this.

    I applaud the business owner in his desire to ensure all of his employees are trained and allowed to conceal carry for their own protection. There is also added benefit in knowing his employees are solid citizens who passed the added scrutiny required by law to obtain CWPs,

    However, the decision to carry is a very personal one. Not everyone can comfortably make that commitment to a carry lifestyle. Telling people they must have a weapon is a only slightly better than telling them they cannot.

    • Kathy says:

      My thoughts too, Salty. It’s like some of O’s mandates, just a smaller scale. If they knew that was a prerequisite before taking the job, that’s one thing, but to force current employees to carry, when they may not want to, is another.

  5. tannngl says:

    I’m blown away by this entrepreneur’s thinking. He did get free publicity. He is protecting his employees in more than one way. No one will go to any of those offices with a gun, terrorist, mass shooter or burglar…

    I own the Judge as part of my arsenal. Trust me, not any who sees this thing pointing at them will turn tail pretty quickly. If not and they proceed, there won’t be much left.

    It does pack a jolt. And it is heavy. But it would be more thorough than any other weapon we have.

  6. I.R. Wayright says:

    Take the .410 Judge down to the gun store and trade it for a Ruger LCP .380. Way less recoil and lots lighter to carry. Still deadly at close range. Get one with a laser for more accuracy.