I work in a small office, with a high number of quirky individuals. We like each other, we enjoy each other, but we don’t socialize after work and don’t know each other very well.

One of my colleagues approached me the other day to ask a favor: Would I fill out a character reference for him, so that he might obtain a gun license?

Now, I don’t think he’s the kind of person who would shoot up a school or a mall or a movie theater. But I’ve also read enough about shootings over the years to know that in these cases, you never really know. On the third hand, if I don’t fill out the reference, I could be creating needless acrimony in a relatively happy work environment and I don’t want to give my co-worker a vote of no-confidence.

What should I do?

— Gun Phobic