A Georgia aviation insurance company will not be made into a target anytime soon. Thanks to a new company-wide requirement, all employees at Lance Toland Associates must get a concealed-carry permit and work armed at all times, with a gun on the hip or in the desk.
Lance Toland not only instated the policy, he went the extra mile and bought all of his employees revolvers. “Everybody in my office has one of these in their drawer,” Toland told WSB-TV Atlanta. “It’s a 5 shot .410, just like a shotgun.”
“I would not want to come into one of my facilities,” he added, for those intending to do harm.
Once new employees receive their concealed-carry permit Toland buys them a Taurus Judge. Toland put the new policy in place after learning about several home invasions and assaults in the Atlanta area.
“They all literally had their concealed-carry permits within three or four weeks after me announcing that this was something you had to do,” he said. Toland has three offices in Georgia and everyone carries at all three locations. “With the presentation of their license, they all got a .410 Judge.”
Toland came up with the new office mandate after hearing about recent home invasions and violent crimes in the metro Atlanta area. He said he was concerned about his employees’ safety and decided to have his people take security into their own hands.
“I love it,” said Andrea Van Buren a Toland Associates agent. Van Buren said the policy was smart and that other companies should follow Toland’s example, provided everyone who carries gets proper training and becomes proficient with their firearm. “You have to commit to being ready to use it if you have to,” she said.
Toland said he expects other companies to put similar policies in place. “A lot of my clients are hi-fiving me when they hear about this,” he said, “They think that this is one of the best things they’ve ever heard; for a company to mandate gun ownership, to be licensed and to be responsible.”
The Judge has been a runaway hit for Taurus and the company currently offers more than a dozen variants of the shotshell revolver. In addition to .410-bore shells the revolver can chamber .45 Colt, a good self-defense round with a long history of success.
Still, with the sheer number of compact single- and double-stack semi-autos dominating the concealed-carry market, some may argue that the Judge is less than ideal for everyday carry. It’s large and has a limited capacity, and many .410 loads aren’t optimized for short barrels.
The only way to know for sure is to open a new branch that requires employees to carry 9mm pistols, and see how many employees put in requests to transfer.