2019 LTC/Non-LTC Convictions: UNL POSS FIREARM BY FELON

Introduction

The purpose of this article is to compare Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders with non-LTC holders in regards to crime statistics for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2019. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (UPBF) is defined as when a felon knowingly or intentionally possesses a firearm, even if the firearm is unloaded.

It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics as Texas has over 1.3 million issued licenses, with 362,493 issued in 2019 alone.

Crime Statistics among Texas LTC Holders

For Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2019, the crime statistics among Texas LTC holders was 0 convictions, compared to 2,339 convictions among non-LTC holders.

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

There are several 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 one factor, as anyone applying for an LTC must undergo an extensive background check and meet all eligibility requirements. Training and education for LTC holders is another factor, as Texas requires all LTC holders to attend and complete a training program before being issued a license.

Lastly, the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders may also contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders. Most LTC holders are law-abiding citizens and take their responsibility seriously, and as such, are more likely to follow the law than non-LTC holders.

Conclusion

This article compared the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2019. The results showed that 0 convictions among LTC holders compared to 2,339 convictions among non-LTC holders, indicating that LTC holders are more likely to be law-abiding citizens than non-LTC holders. Factors such as background checks, training, and perception of responsibility may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders.

The implications of these findings are that LTC holders are more likely to be law-abiding citizens than non-LTC holders, which is a positive sign for the law enforcement community and Texas at large.

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