For years, the anti gunners have railed against concealed weapon permits putting law-abiding self-defenders on the defensive (no pun intended). Many businesses and business owners have followed suit by posting the places of employment or placing a negative stigma on anyone who carries. This has forced most concealed carriers to hide more than their handgun. But why? What would happen if we flipped the script and employers started requiring employees to get their permit? That would not force them to carry, but think of the environment? Everyone you work with would have passed a background check. How much safer would you feel working in an environment where all of your fellow employees was welcomed to be armed?
What got me to thinking about this was a couple of stories. The first was a year or two ago when a Georgia businessman required all of his employees to get their permit. Much of his staff was women and he wanted to do his best to ensure their safety. As soon as they showed him their permit, his presented them a Taurus Judge as a reward.
Another more recent case was a success story from Cleveland Ohio. In this case the man used to work at a barbershop where the owner required the employees to get their permit and carry for their own safety as well as the patrons. Fast forward several months and the man no longer worked at the barbershop but still had his license. He was at home a little before midnight and heard a noise in his house. He was able to successfully defend himself and run off the burglar thanks to his firearm; a firearm he owned and was trained to use because of a proactive previous employer.
The business is safer. A potentially armed workforce is a helluva deterrent against someone who looks for soft targets. We need to expand on this and get the word out. Far too many in the general populace believe guns cause the crime or there would be daily gunfights at high noon. Of course, statistics have proven just the opposite to be true.
Every employee has been through a background check. Statistics have shown individuals with a concealed carry license and far less likely to commit crimes. This is a positive message for current and future employees as well as the businesses the employees interact with.
Owning and carrying a firearm is a huge responsibility that cannot be overlooked or understated. It creates a mindset of personal responsibility as well as a common group culture and bond.
The employee is under a regular scrutiny. CCWs have to be renewed; skills must be maintained and re-demonstrated.
The business may be taking on a liability of course, and the appropriate insurance coverage would be necessary. However, in some states, the legislatures have enacted protections for the business. Wisconsin, Kansas, and Tennessee offer immunity from lawsuit if the employer allows employees to be armed. From Wis. Stat. § 175.60(21)(b), (c): (b) A person that does not prohibit an individual from carrying a concealed weapon on property that the person owns or occupies is immune from any liability arising from its decision. From kslegislature.org 75-7c10(c)(2) (2) Any private entity which does not provide adequate security measures in a private building and which allows the carrying of a concealed handgun shall not be liable for any wrongful act or omission relating to actions of persons carrying a concealed handgun concerning acts or omissions regarding such handguns. From tndefenselitigation.com: (a) A person, business, or other entity that owns, controls, or manages property and has the authority to prohibit weapons on that property by posting, pursuant to § 39–17–1359, shall be immune from civil liability with respect to any claim based on such person’s, business’s, or other entity’s failure to adopt a policy that prohibits weapons on the property by posting pursuant to § 39–17–1359. There is some work to be done to educate the masses as to the true facts, benefits, and advantages of a workforce with the ability and training to take responsibility its own safety. However, with the increasing number of terroristic acts, random crimes, and hate crimes, this may well be the future need.
How would you feel about an employer that required each employee to obtain a CCW? Share your answers in the comment section.