MARION - The South Porte Bank in Marion Illinois is protected by Smith and Wesson, a sign on the door says, and they want everyone to know that's been their policy for years.
“From the very beginning, to be honest we had some staff in this bank that was armed. We decided to change our strategy to make it a little more public now,” South Porte Bank president Travis Clem told Guns.com. “You can put signs all over this building telling somebody not to rob us and use a gun but that doesn’t stop anybody from doing it.”
Making the public aware of the bank's concealed carry policy followed a violent armed robbery of the First National Bank in Cairo. In that May 16 crime, a suspect with a long criminal record stabbed three female bank employees during the course of the robbery, killing two.
South Porte's employees are reportedly pleased with the policy, which has been approved by state and federal regulators. More at Guns.com