The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas license to carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for “assault causes bodily injury family member” for the year 2017. According to the Texas Penal Code, “assault causes bodily injury family member” is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing physical injury to a family member. It is important to analyze the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics in order to gain insights on how well these individuals are trained, educated and do their part in being responsible gun owners.

Crime Statistics among Texas LTC Holders

In 2017, there were 30 convictions of assault causes bodily injury family member among Texas LTC holders, which accounts for 0.05% of the 57,330 total convictions among LTC holders. In comparison, there were 13,185 convictions of the same offence among non-LTC holders, which accounts for 0.60% of the 2,19,944 total 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 may account for the lower percentage of convictions among Texas LTC holders. Additionally, the training and education for license to carry holders emphasizes the importance of legal and responsible firearm use. LTC holders may also perceive a greater amount of risk and responsibility associated with carrying a firearm, which may contribute to the lower percentage of convictions.


This article analyzed the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for “assault causes bodily injury family member” for the year 2017. The data found that 0.05% of LTC holders were convicted of the offence compared to 0.60% of non-LTC holders, indicating that LTC holders are more likely to be law abiding citizens. The findings suggest that background checks, education, and perceived responsibility all play roles in the difference between LTC and non-LTC holders in terms of crime statistics.

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