Facing Fear: Jewelers and Guns

It’s the scenario every jeweler dreads. A man comes into your store and asks to see something in your showcase. Before you know it, he’s pointing a gun at your head. Everything you’ve worked for is about to be taken. More frighteningly, your life itself is at stake. The Jewelers’ Security Alliance, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., and law-enforcement officials are unequivocal about how to handle such situations: Cooperate with the robbers. Give them what they want. Don’t attempt to arm yourself. “We’re opposed to jewelers having guns in their stores,” says JSA president John J. Kennedy. “It’s dangerous and increases the risk that there’s going to be a confrontation.” “Most of the time, people panic; they don’t handle the weapon properly, and it gets taken from them,” says Detective Ray Wood of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Fla. “What t
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