A glassware company in Wisconsin has decided to give every one of its employees a firearm as a Christmas gift.
Hortonville-based BenShot, which produces glassware embedded with bullets, will allow employees to choose their preferred revolver as the gift.
The gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, co-owner Ben Wolfgram told the Appleton Post-Crescent.
Wolfgram said that most of his 16 employees were excited about the upcoming gift. At least two had initially declined the present but were re-considering after all employees took a gun safety course.
The small company was started in a garage workshop in 2015.
“Bulletproof glasses brought to you by the father and son team at BenShot. We design and build fine, handcrafted whiskey, beer, and shot glasses for those who can appreciate excellence,” the company’s website states. Shot glasses cost $15 while bigger glasses start at $20.
The company has never done a firearm giveaway before. To comply with state law, Wolfgram gave his employees gift cards to purchase their weapon with, an output that cost about $8,000.
“That way the background check was done by the store,” Wolfgram told WISN. “We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot. I want to make sure all of [our] employees are safe and happy—a handgun was the perfect gift.”
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While several military veterans are employed, the business also has employees who had never fired a gun before the safety class.
Media relations employee Chelsea Priest said she was grateful for the gift. “For him to stand for something and for the company to stand for keeping us safe is really awesome for them to do that,” she said.
Wolfgram said he was never worried about workplace violence because all of the employees know each other well, but giving them all a gun would make them even safer.
“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he told the Post-Crescent. “I think that’s pretty good.”