Cross Fire: Jewelers Discuss the Risks of Keeping Guns in Store

It’s no secret: Guns are an explosive topic today. Flip to the op-ed page of your local paper and opinions for and against firearms fly fast and furious. The jewelry industry is no different from the culture at large when it comes to this polarizing subject. Some retailers say it’s important to exercise their right to bear arms in an industry where 86 store personnel were killed in store robberies between 1998 and 2012. Others say guns have the potential to harm more than protect, and some go so far as to say that even their customers shouldn’t pack heat.John J. Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, believes there’s no ambiguity in this debate. “In the overwhelming number of cases where [store personnel are] shot or killed, there was resistance. When robbers are in your store, you’re always in second place,” he says. “We are far more interested in prote

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