The purpose of this article is to compare 2016 crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Prohibited Weapons. Prohibited Weapons are defined as: weapons with a barrel less than 16 inches, automatic weapons or machine guns, or weapons which have been adapted from a rifle or shotgun.
It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics to better inform the public and enable a better-informed discussion of gun control.
Crime Statistics among Texas LTC Holders for Prohibited Weapons
In 2016, there were zero convictions of Prohibited Weapons among Texas LTC holders, compared to 31 convictions among non-LTC holders. This equates to 0% convictions among LTC holders and 100% convictions among non-LTC holders.
Factors that may Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
Background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC are more stringent than for non-LTC holders, which may explain the lower rate of convictions among LTC holders. In addition, training and education for LTC holders provide them with a better understanding of the laws and responsibilities regarding gun ownership, which may lead to more responsible behavior.
Finally, LTC holders may have a greater perception of risk and responsibility attached to owning a gun, which may lead to more responsible behavior and lower crime statistics.
This article has compared 2016 crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for Prohibited Weapons. Results indicate that LTC holders had 0% convictions for Prohibited Weapons, while non-LTC holders had 100% convictions for Prohibited Weapons. Factors that may contribute to this difference include the background checks, eligibility requirements, and training for LTC holders. Additionally, LTC holders may have a greater perception of risk and responsibility attached to owning a gun. The implications of these findings for the group with the higher percentage (non-LTC holders) is that more education and training may be necessary to ensure responsible gun ownership.