The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) and non-LTC holders for Aggravated Kidnapping and Terrorization (AKT) in 2017. AKT includes kidnapping, abduction, unlawful restraining, or terrorizing another person with the intent to facilitate the commission of a felony or to terrorize a member of a certain group, family, or individuals. The importance of studying this relationship is to understand if Texas LTC holders are more or less likely to commit a crime than non-LTC holders.
In 2017, there were 0 convictions for AKT among Texas LTC holders, compared to 1 convictions for non-LTC holders. This indicates that LTC holders had 0% conviction rate for AKT, whereas non-LTC holders had 100% conviction rate for the same offense.
Factors that May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
The difference in conviction rates between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders may be attributed to several factors, including background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC, training and education for LTC holders, and the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders. Background checks and eligibility requirements help ensure that LTC holders have the necessary qualifications and mental preparedness to handle a firearm responsibly. Training and education for LTC holders stresses the importance of using firearms safely, as well as the legal responsibilities attached to owning a firearm. Finally, the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders may influence their decision to refrain from committing a crime because of the increased consequences associated with being a licensed firearm holder.
This article has compared crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for AKT in 2017. There were 0 convictions among LTC holders, compared to 1 convictions among non-LTC holders, suggesting that LTC holders are more law-abiding citizens than non-LTC holders. Possible explanations of this difference include background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC, training and education for holders, and perception of risk and responsibility. Together, these factors contribute to the overall law-abiding nature of the LTC holders.