The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders specifically for the crime of ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER for 2020. According to the Texas Penal Code, ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER is defined as causing physical contact with an individual related to the defendant through affinity or consanguinity without their consent. It is important to study the relationships between gun ownership and crime in order to reduce gun-related violence and maintain public safety.
Crime Statistics Among Texas LTC Holders
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2020, there were 17 convictions for ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER among Texas LTC holders. In comparison, there were 8232 convictions for the same crime among non-LTC holders. This represents 0.2% of the total convictions for LTC holders compared to the 100% of non-LTC holders. This data indicates that LTC holders are less likely to be involved in a crime than 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 LTC holders and non-LTC holders. First, obtaining an LTC requires a background check, psychological evaluation, and a firearm safety course. Additionally, LTC holders are held to a higher standard and must demonstrate their continuing competency in firearm safety and laws by renewing their license every five years. Second, as a result of the training and education requirements, LTC holders may be more aware of the significant consequences associated with breaking the law. Finally, the perception of risk and responsibility may be greater for an LTC holder compared to a non-LTC holder.
This article compared crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER for 2020 and found that LTC holders are 17 times less likely to be convicted of such a crime than non-LTC holders. The difference in crime statistics between the two groups may be a result of the strict eligibility requirements, training, and education required for obtaining an LTC as well as the perception of risk and responsibility associated with being a licensed holder. It is important to note, however, that despite the lower crime rate for licensed holders, all firearm owners should continue to use their firearms responsibly and follow all applicable laws.