The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for Abandon Endanger Child with Intent to Return in 2020. Abandon Endanger Child with Intent to Return is defined as an act in which a legal guardian of a child or guardian-like figure leaves a child or children in a place, knowing that the child or children are in imminent danger or with the intent of returning within a reasonable time. The importance of studying the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics lies in the fact that many policies, such as concealed carry laws, are tied to the ability to obtain an LTC.
The crime statistics among Texas LTC holders for Abandon Endanger Child with Intent to Return show that there have been 0 convictions among LTC holders in 2020, compared to 38 convictions among non-LTC holders. This difference of 100% between the two groups is significant.
III. Factors that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders
The difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders may be attributed to a number of factors. First, background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC are arguably more stringent than those for non-LTC holders, especially considering that the Texas concealed carry law requires applicants to take a licensing class and pass a background check. Second, the level of training and education for LTC holders is much higher than for non-LTC holders, as the licensing class for LTC applicants goes beyond basic firearm safety and includes information on the laws surrounding concealed carry and the appropriate use of firearms, which may lead to a greater sense of awareness and responsibility among LTC holders. Lastly, LTC holders may perceive a greater risk associated with their firearms than non-LTC holders, and thus may be more likely to act responsibly and within the law.
In conclusion, this article has provided a comparison of crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for Abandon Endanger Child with Intent to Return in 2020. There have been no convictions among LTC holders in 2020, compared to 38 convictions among non-LTC holders, which may be largely explained by the stringent background checks and licensing requirements for LTC holders, the high level of training and education for LTC holders, and the potentially greater sense of risk and responsibility among LTC holders. The implications of these findings for non-LTC holders is that they should take greater responsibility in understanding the laws surrounding concealed carry and the proper and safe use of firearms.