The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Smuggling of Persons: Likelihood SBI or Death in 2019. Smuggling of Persons is the act of transporting or harboring an individual, or persons, into a foreign country without consent.
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Crime Statistics among Texas LTC Holders
In 2019, there were zero convictions for Smuggling of Persons involving Texas LTC holders. In comparison, there were five convictions for non-LTC holders for this same crime.
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 are thorough and in line with Texas regulations. This allows law enforcement to be sure that there are no prior convictions that would prohibit carrying a weapon, and that the applicant is of good moral character.
Training and education for LTC holders is also extensive. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, applicants must receive training in a variety of areas, such as handgun safety and laws related to carrying a handgun. This is intended to ensure that LTC holders are knowledgeable and can responsibly carry a firearm.
Additionally, the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders may be higher than that among non-LTC holders. This may lead to LTC holders taking greater precautions to prevent criminal activity and increase their awareness of the law - both of which can help prevent crimes such as Smuggling of Persons.
This article has examined the crime statistics for Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for the crime of Smuggling of Persons: Likelihood SBI or Death in 2019. We found that there were zero convictions for LTC holders for this crime, compared to five convictions for non-LTC holders. The factors that may contribute to this difference include 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.
These findings suggest that LTC holders are likely to be law-abiding citizens and are less likely to commit serious crimes like Smuggling of Persons than non-LTC holders. As such, the findings have important implications for those considering applying for an LTC.