The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Abandoning/Endangering a Child with Intent to Return/Know/Reckless Criminal Negligence (ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N) in 2020. ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N is a criminal offense in Texas defined as leaving a child without providing reasonable and necessary care for an unreasonable time period, or failing to take action to prevent immediate danger to the child's physical health.
It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics in order to gain insight into how firearms ownership may affect criminal behavior. This article will seek to compare the crime statistics between LTC and non-LTC holders to determine if there is a difference in the rate of criminal convictions related to ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N.
According to the crime statistics provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2020 there were 0 convictions of ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N for Texas LTC holders. This is compared to the 380 convictions of ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N for non-LTC holders, representing a 0% conviction rate among LTC holders, and a 100% conviction rate among non-LTC holders for this offense.
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. LTC applicants must pass a background check and meet other eligibility requirements in order to obtain an LTC. In addition, LTC holders are required to undergo training and education courses before and after obtaining their license. This may sensitize them to the risks and responsibilities associated with owning and carrying firearms.
This article studied the crime statistics between LTC and non-LTC holders for Abandoning/Endangering a Child with Intent to Return/Know/Reckless Criminal Negligence (ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD INT/KNOW/RECK/CRIM N) in 2020 and found that there is a significant difference in the rate of criminal convictions related to this offense. While the non-LTC holders had a 100% conviction rate for this offense, the LTC holders had a 0% conviction rate. The background checks, eligibility requirements, training, and education associated with obtaining an LTC may play a role in influencing the criminal behavior of LTC holders. The findings of this article suggest that LTC holders have a lower rate of criminal convictions than non-LTC holders and may be more likely to adhere to the law.