2017 LTC/Non-LTC Convictions: UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON

Introduction

The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas LTC (License To Carry) and non-LTC holders for UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON in the year 2017. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON (UCW) is defined as the possession of a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon with intent to unlawfully carry the same on one’s person or in a vehicle. It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and UCW because Texas is a state where such carrying of weapons is allowed only to those with a valid LTC.

Crime Statistics Among Texas LTC holders

In 2017, there were 5 convictions for UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON among Texas LTC holders, representing a rate of 0.0013%. In contrast, there were 808 convictions for UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON among non-LTC holders, representing a rate of 0.3092%. Thus, Texas LTC holders were 98.57% less likely to commit a crime involving UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON than non-LTC holders.

Factors that may Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders

One factor that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders is the background check and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC. In Texas, all applicants must undergo a criminal background check and meet certain eligibility requirements before they can be approved for an LTC. Furthermore, training and education for LTC holders is mandatory and must be completed prior to the issuance of an LTC.

Additionally, the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders may also play a role in the difference in crime statistics. LTC holders are aware that misuse of firearms is a serious offense and that there is a risk of potential consequences associated with such misuse. Thus, LTC holders may be more likely to act responsibly when carrying a firearm.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this article compared crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON in the year 2017. The data showed that Texas LTC holders were 98.57% less likely to commit a crime involving UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPON than non-LTC holders. Several factors may contribute to the difference in crime statistics 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. The findings of this article imply that LTC holders are more likely to be law abiding citizens than non-LTC holders.

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