The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas Licensed to Carry (LTC) and non-LTC holders for Assault Against Government Contractor/Employees (AGCE) in 2017. AGCE, as defined by article 42.01 in the Texas Penal Code, is an act of physical force or violence committed against a government contractor/employee acting within their scope of employment. The significance of examining the relationship between LTC holders and criminal activity is two-fold. First, it is important to understand how lawful gun carriers interact with the criminal justice system. Second, it is crucial to consider how public safety may be affected by the prevalence of firearms and their associated license requirements.
In 2017, there were 0 convictions of Assault Against Government Contractor/Employee among Texas LTC holders. In comparison, there were 3 convictions of this same offense among non-LTC holders. This indicates that LTC holders are less likely to commit the crime of AGCE than those without a license, representing 0% and 100%, respectively.
Factors that May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
Three factors may be responsible for the discrepancy between offense rates among LTC and non-LTC holders. First, stringent background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC may be responsible for the lower rate of AGCE among licensed firearm carriers. Second, the training and education required for an LTC is likely to provide an understanding of responsible gun ownership and proper firearm handling. Finally, the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders when wielding a weapon could be a factor in their lower rate of AGCE.
The findings of this article demonstrate that Texas LTC holders are less likely to commit the crime of AGCE than non-LTC holders. It is likely that this difference can be attributed to the strict background checks and education requirements for obtaining an LTC, as well as the perception of risk and responsibility that comes with legally owning a firearm. These findings suggest that LTC holders may be more law abiding citizens than those without a license.