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FILE - A person shoots a handgun, Feb. 8, 2014. (Peretz Partensky / CC BY-SA 2.0 via MGN)

Wisconsin business gifts entire staff with guns for Christmas

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HORTONVILLE, Wis. (CIRCA) - A local business in Wisconsin gifted its entire staff with guns for Christmas, according to local reports.

Instead of giving the guns to its employees directly, the company passed out gift cards that allowed staffers to pick out which one they wanted, WISN reported. This also allowed for background checks to be run on all employees before any purchases were made.

The small company, called BenShot, is no stranger to the concept of guns. It manufactures "bulletproof" glass mugs with a bullet wedged into the side that gives them the appearance of being shot by a gun.

One of the company's co-owners, Ben Wolfgram, told WBAY the guns were meant to improve the safety of their staff.

"I want to make sure all (of our) employees are safe and happy – a handgun was the perfect gift," Wolfgram said to WBAY.

Among BenShot's small staff of 16 were several veterans, but there were also some who had never shot a gun before, The Post Crescent reported.

The unusual Christmas gifts were accepted by most of the company's staff, but there were at least two employees who declined the gift and only reconsidered accepting it after taking a safety course offered by BenShot, The Post Crescent also reported.

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