“You get an office computer, and you get an office gun," one employee of Lance Toland Associates tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Georgia aviation insurance agency recently started requiring all 12 of its employees to be armed at work. After employees get their concealed carry license, Lance Toland provides them with a pistol known as the Judge, WSB-TV reports. "Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person," he says. "I would not want to come into one of my facilities.” Toland says the new rule was inspired by violent crime in Atlanta and the death of his uncle during a robbery four decades ago. “I have an issue with thugs," he tells the Journal-Constitution. “I want to make sure my family and my employees are protected.”
Toland says employees in his three offices were excited to get the guns and had their licenses within a month of the new rule. "It was a unanimous, 100% participation, no dissenters whatsoever," he tells the AP. Toland describes the Judge, a pistol that can fire shotgun shells, as a "hand cannon." One shot can cover a wide area, so he says it's a great weapon for people who aren't great aims. But his rule isn't just about protecting his employees, most of whom, he points out, are women. "It's really about us as citizens of this great country enjoying and using our right to bear arms," Toland tells the AP. Toland's requirement that his employees be armed is legal, but he's also legally responsible for anything his employees do with the guns.