Comparing Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
The purpose of this article is to compare the crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Injuring or Endangering a Child, Elderly or Disabled Person; Reckless Injury or Bodily Injury; and Mental Anguish or Emotional Distress for 2016. When discussing these charges, it is important to note that it is assumed that LTC holders are more likely to be law-abiding citizens, unless the data shows they are more likely to commit a crime than non-LTC holders.
II. Crime Statistics Among Texas LTC Holders
In 2016, there were 1 convictions among Texas LTC holders for Injuring or Endangering a Child, Elderly or Disabled Person; Reckless Injury or Bodily Injury; and Mental Anguish or Emotional Distress, compared to 45 convictions among the non-LTC holders. This makes the convictions rate for LTC holders 2%, and the convictions rate for non-LTC holders 98%.
III. Factors That May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
There are a few factors that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders. The first is that there are extensive background checks conducted in order to obtain a LTC. Additionally, there is also mandatory training and education requirements that are required for LTC holders. Finally, it is also possible that LTC holders have a higher degree of perceived risk and responsibility associated with firearms ownership.
In summary, this article explored the relationship between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders in relation to Injuring or Endangering a Child, Elderly or Disabled Person; Reckless Injury or Bodily Injury; and Mental Anguish or Emotional Distress for 2016. The overall conviction rate for LTC holders was 2%, compared to 98% for non-LTC holders. This difference may be attributed to the background checks, training requirements and perceived risk of responsibility associated with LTC holders. This data implies that LTC holders may be more likely to follow the laws, and are thus less likely to be convicted of a crime than non-LTC holders.