The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas Licensed To Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (ASAC) in 2019. ASAC is a felony offense under Texas law, defined as engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 14. It is important to consider the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics, as LTC holders are typically seen as law abiding citizens due to the extensive background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC.
Crime Statistics among Texas LTC Holders
The crime statistics among Texas LTC holders for ASAC in 2019 are as follows: 26 convictions out of over 1.5 million LTC holders, which is a rate of 0.0017%. This is in comparison to the 939 convictions out of over 25 million non-LTC holders, which is a rate of 0.0376%.
Factors That May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
Several factors may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders. For example, LTC holders are subjected to background checks and eligibility requirements that non-LTC holders are not subject to. Many LTC holders also receive training and education on firearm safety and the law that non-LTC holders do not. Additionally, LTC holders may be more aware of the perception of risk and responsibility associated with owning and/or carrying a firearm.
In conclusion, this article has compared the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for ASAC in 2019. The data presented indicates that LTC holders are 2.2x less likely to be convicted of ASAC than non-LTC holders. The factors that likely contribute to this difference include the more strict eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC as well as increased training and education for firearms safety and the law. The implications of these findings suggest that LTC holders may serve as a responsible and law abiding citizen group, despite their access to firearms.