The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) and non-LTC holders for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Date/Family/House in 2018. The specific offense of Assault Causing Bodily Injury Date/Family/House is defined as intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to another, including a family member, pushing, striking, or otherwise causing physical contact with another, or threatening another with imminent bodily harm.
It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics because a license to carry should not be given to those who are potentially more likely to commit a criminal offense. This article aims to determine if such a connection exists.
In 2018, Texas LTC holders were found not guilty of assault causing bodily injury date/family/house with 0 convictions in comparison to non-LTC holders, at 68 convictions. This difference in crime statistics can be illustrated with the following numbers:
- Texas LTC Holders: 0% (0 convictions)
- Non-LTC Holders: 100% (68 convictions)
Factors that May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
There are multiple factors that may contribute to the low conviction rate of Texas LTC holders for assault causing bodily injury date/family/house in comparison to non-LTC holders. These include background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC, an education and training process provided to holders of LTCs, and the perception of risk and responsibility that accompanies the purchase and possession of a firearm.
This article compared the crime statistics between Texas LTC holders and non-LTC holders for assault causing bodily injury date/family/house in 2018. It was found that LTC holders had 0 convictions and non-LTC holders had 68 convictions, illustrating that Texas LTC holders are more likely to be law abiding citizens. Factors that may contribute to this difference were discussed, including background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining a LTC, an education and training process, and the perception of risk and responsibility that accompanies LTCs.
The implications of these findings are significant for those who are considering obtaining an LTC. This data illustrates that Texas LTC holders are more likely to be law abiding citizens, and thus, crime statistics should not be used to create a perception that those with an LTC are more likely to commit a crime.