WEDNESDAY 11/14/2018 8:15 a.m.
FOLLOW UP: Company That Gifted Employees with Handguns Talks to Local 5
In a phone call with Local 5, BenShot owner Ben and Media Relations Manager Chelsea Priest went into more detail regarding what went into the gift catching the nation’s attention.
On social media many WFRV viewers expressed curiosity regarding background checks.
As it turns out, Ben and Chelsea explained the actual guns were picked up individually by each employee, meaning background checks were conducted at the point of purchase.
BenShot asked employees, 16 full-time in all, to visit a local gun store of their choice and pick out the gun they wanted.
After doing so, the employees informed BenShot the price of the gun at which point the company provided a gift card worth up to $500 to go towards the final purchase.
Some employees bought guns that were more expensive than $500, but employees made up the difference on their own.
BenShot owner Ben explained to Local 5 that Wisconsin background checks are pretty quick,
After returning to the local gun store with the gift card employees received their gun within about an hour or so of the check.
The Christmas gift didn’t end there, however.
BenShot brought in and funded a gun safety seminar by MK Protection Strategies, a certified gun safety training provider.
Ben tells Local 5 nearly all of his employees attended the training program.
In BenShot’s initial news release it reported all employees received handguns, however, in a clarification, the company told Local 5 the Christmas gift was for a gun of their choice up to $500, not necessarily just handguns.
Furthermore, BenShot went onto say two ladies actually declined the option to buy a gun, even after attending safety training, so the company instead provided them each $500 Visa gift cards.
In asking where the idea to gift guns came from Ben and Chelsea explained they wanted to give a gift that was “fun and memorable.”
They went onto to explain the gift wasn’t as random as it may have seemed; the company as whole embraces gun culture and is famous for making glassware with a bullet embedded (photo below).
Chelsea said they knew the gift would generate some local attention, but they didn’t expect this big of a response,
We knew it would catch traction, but the support of the customers and the gun community has been very exciting.
We’re so grateful for the overwhelming support.
BenShot started in the fall of 2015 and specializes in glassware with a bullet embedded into the side.
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TUESDAY 11/13/2018 3:03 p.m.
Local Company Gifts All Employees with Handguns for Christmas
BenShot, a local glassmaking company, gifted all their employees with handguns for Christmas.
The company says every employee received a handgun of their choice.
In the picture sent to Local 5 by the Hortonville-based company, 19 employees are seen holding their new firearms.
Ben Wolfgram, son from the Father and Son team at BenShot,
We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot.
I want to make sure all of employees are safe and happy – a handgun was the perfect gift .
Local Company Gives All Employees Handguns for Christmas
BenShot (www.BenShot.com) is a father and son team which designs and makes glassware with bullets embedded into the side. It makes an extensive line of glasses, including the original bulletproof shot glass, whiskey, and beer glasses. BenShot’s unique product has sent them on a fast growth trajectory and currently ranks #1 of over 1,000,000 handmade products on Amazon. BenShot started making glasses in a small garage workshop in 2015 and now employs 16 full time people, including veterans, in their glass workshop in Hortonville, WI.
BenShot sells on 30 military bases and have partnerships in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia. This local business prides itself on their work with non-profits including: conversation groups, military organizations, and police and fire departments.