Some clubs have armed guards. This is a guy (usually a guy) who
stands in the front area, in uniform, with a pistol on his hip. Whether you
need an armed guard is purely your judgment. Many clubs report that they get
along just fine without them. Others think that they are a requirement. The
differences of opinion depend on many things, including past experience and the
We will be publishing research later this year that will help you
judge whether you will need an armed guard. Stay tuned and keep checking back
Here is what you need to know about armed guards:
They must be very reliable people. They must not
be someone who carries a gun because they think they have something to
prove. This may seem obvious but it deserves mentioning.
Armed guards cannot use drugs. If they wind up
shooting someone, they will surely be drug-tested afterwards and the results
will be used against them, and you.
The owners, managers, clerks, and other people handling
marijuana should not carry guns at any time. That will leave you
open for some extra Federal prosecution, and may violate state or local laws,
Armed guards can create liability problems. If you
pull a gun on someone or taser them you better be damn sure that you have
adequate legal justification. Otherwise, you are open to all kinds of criminal
and civil problems. In California, just pulling out the weapon at the wrong
time can be a felony. In addition, negligent discharges of a gun can get you
into some big-time law suits. Before you hire one, you will need to check your
own insurance coverage, as well as the coverage of any firm from which you hire
Armed guards can be expensive. Count on them
costing more than your typical clerk, just because of the various requirements.
Armed guards must be adequately trained in the use
of their weapons and they must undergo frequent marksmanship qualification.