The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for the crime of Burglary of Building in 2016. Burglary of Building is defined as “entering a building with intent to commit a felony or theft” in Texas. It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics in order to understand how gun ownership affects the crime rate.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 0 convictions for Burglary of Building among Texas LTC holders in 2016. Compared to non-LTC holders, which had 2487 convictions for Burglary of Building in the same year, LTC holders represented 0% of convictions for Burglary of Building in 2016.
Factors That May Contribute To The Difference In Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC And Non-LTC Holders
The difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC holders and non-LTC holders may be explained by several factors. Background checks and other eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC may discourage some from applying. In addition, training and education programs for LTC holders may also raise the level of responsibility among LTC holders when it comes to gun ownership. Finally, a perception of increased risk and responsibility among LTC holders may also play a role in the observed difference in crime statistics.
This article analyzed the crime statistics between Texas LTC holders and non-LTC holders for Burglary of Building in 2016. The results of the analysis showed that there were 0 convictions of Burglary of Building among LTC holders, compared to 2487 convictions among non-LTC holders. Several factors may have contributed to the difference in crime statistics between the two groups, such as background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC, training and education for LTC holders, and perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders. These findings suggest that LTC holders are more likely to be law-abiding citizens than non-LTC holders.