The One Thing Jewelers Shouldn’t Carry

A Florida jeweler suspected a “customer” was going to draw a weapon, so he pulled his own gun and prepared to fire. “I beat him to the draw,” he said. There was only one problem. He forgot to take the safety off. The gun wouldn’t fire, but the intruder had no such handicap. He shot the jeweler five times. The jeweler was left with “big craters” in his stomach and endured multiple operations. His pregnant wife lost her baby from the shock. This is one of several violent incidents involving jewelers related by managing editor Barbara Spector in her shocking story about guns, starting on page 130. The shootings illustrate a disturbing phenomenon that may be unique to the jewelry industry: One out of every three store owners keeps a gun on the premises. And a startling 11.5% of these owners have used their guns in connection with their business. (Both figures are from a new J

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