Pizza delivery men in Indianapolis aren’t just armed with delicious pizza these days.
According to WISH-TV, several pizza drivers have started carrying gun on them while on the job for protection. The movement started after two pizza delivery drivers were killed over a two-week period, the most recent occurring Friday night when a man in his 30s delivered a pizza to a couple who then shot him and drove away in the victim’s car.
Bill Bruton, a driver for Aunt Polly’s Pizza, spent Super Bowl Sunday delivering pizzas with his firearm in tow. “I’ve got a lifetime permit and I carry,” Bruton told WISH-TV.
The manager at Aunt Polly’s, Jeff White, told the station that their drivers have brought their guns with them on deliveries for years. “As long as they have gun permits,” he said.
USA Carry reports that applications for concealed weapons permits in Indiana are made through the local police department and are issued by the Indiana State Police. The Hoosier State is a “shall issue” state, which means that a sheriff must issue the permit even after the applicant meets all requirements for an Indiana Handgun Permit. The state also requires background checks when applying for a concealed weapons permit, and applicants can apply for either four-year or lifetime licenses.
Noting the severity of the situation, Pizza Hut spokesman James Hines told WISH-TV that store managers are making sure their drivers are aware of the dangers out there and ways to help keep themselves safe while delivering food.
“We took it real seriously,” Hines said. “We’ve coached every store – every employee on driver safety and different steps we can take internally to make sure our number one priority is the safety of our team members.”
Several other pizza chains, including Pizza Hut, have also encouraged staff to ask customers to leave a porch light on and give a reliable cell phone number while ordering to help protect their drivers.
Watch WISH-TV’s coverage below.