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Texas study: Concealed carry permit holders commit less than 1% of the crimes.

Our office wag has suggested this means the best way to reduce crime is to get more people with CCL

December 22, 2012
The Sandy Hook massacre has led to calls for more restrictions on guns. There is a counter argument being made that more, not less, guns should be out in the public. The pro gun side contends that while Connecticut has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, they did not prevent what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. And of course one only need read the news to know that the places, like Chicago, the District of Columbia, New York City etc. also have extremely restrictive gun laws and they have the highest violent crime rate. We find it ironic that more people have been killed with illegal guns in Chicago in the last three months than were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Elite media pays no attention to the failure of restrictive gun laws. They simply do not work.

The corollary to this is the issue of whether making guns more readily available in the public would cause more gun violence. Seldom does one read a story about crimes being committed by people with concealed carry permits, certainly much less frequently than we read about illegal guns being used in violent crimes in Chicago, about licensed concealed gun holders committing violent gun crimes. In fact, the holders of CCL (concealed carry licenses) permits commit much less crime than other segments of the population or the population in general.

A recent study in Texas backs up this conclusion: Concealed carry permit holders do not use guns to commit crimes and they commit crimes of any nature much less frequently than the general population of Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety published a list of crimes committed in Texas in 2011 by everyone convicted and by those convicted who also held CCL's. The bottom line: Concealed carry permit holders commit less than 1% of the crimes. If you want to be exact, they committed two tenths of one percent of the crimes in 2011. And not all of those involved firearms or violence.

The data show that 63,679 people were convicted of a long list of crimes. Of those 63 thousand, only 120 were CCL holders.

Ironically, if you drill down into the data it shows that the most frequently committed crime by CCL holders were domestic violence related crimes. And in North Carolina those people are not eligible to possess a gun, much less carry one concealed in public.

The conclusion one must arrive at from all this is that there are no rational reasons to restrict lawful holders of concealed carry permits. They simply do not abuse the right to carry a concealed weapon.

We would argue that what these data say is that all restrictions on concealed carry should be removed. The CCL process has clearly demonstrated that it is very effective in screening out people who would abuse the right to bear arms. As a group, they are the safest people we have.

And we would offer one other proposition for consideration. Compared to the 120 CCL holders who committed crimes in Texas, wonder how many duly sworn law enforcement officials were convicted of committing a crime or administratively determined to have abused their right to carry a weapon?

North Carolina's governor-elect Pat McCrory, in an off the cuff response to a reporter, said he would favor putting more armed police officers in schools as opposed to allowing educators with CCL's to possess their weapons on school property. What these data suggest is that the holders of CCL's are probably lower risks of abuse of firearms than are police officers.

Click here to review the Texas study.

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    Gun Control
    December 27, 2012 | 08:46 AM

    For all those who believe that gun control is the answer, they simply have rocks in their head in lieu of brains. No matter what controls are in place, for those who want a gun to commit a crime, all it takes is money.
    To support this, I recently attended a gun show, and was suprised when a licensed dealer offerd to sell me a hand papers just pay me and take the gun. There will always be guns in the wrong places, no matter what.

    C Wootton
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    arming teachers
    December 28, 2012 | 09:52 AM

    This gentleman has the right idea and I agree with him.

    ernie cole
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    crime rate among police
    February 02, 2013 | 10:23 AM

    You write:
    "What these data suggest is that the holders of CCL's are probably lower risks of abuse of firearms than are police officers."

    I just saw a similar statement somewhere else. Wondering if that's a guess. Does anyone keep statistics on the crime rate among police officers?

    Warren Redlich
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    Poor use of statistics and absurd claims
    February 03, 2013 | 11:20 AM

    I am prepared to believe that CCLs, on average, commit fewer crimes. But the statistics used here to present that claim are utterly invalid, and the conclusion itself is a gross overstatement. The staement that CCLs commit fewer than 1% of the crimes is meaningless, as it doesn't take into consideration the proportion of the populace that actually is CCL. (I bet that people who like guavas only commit .00001% of the crimes; does that mean that guava-eaters are even safer, and that everyone should be converted to guavas?) More to the point, the claim that "They simply do not abuse the right to carry a concealed weapon" is laughable. You can't leap from "statistically has a lower tendency to" straight to "simply doesn't do it at all." You might have a case to make, but you have failed to make it here.

    Graeme Wend-Walker
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    Not quite Graeme.
    February 15, 2013 | 07:33 PM

    Concealed weapons permit holders make up a huge percentage of the general population in Texas. That fact draws a stark contrast to the meager crime rate involving CCL's.

    Of the 34 states that have "shall issue" laws, only one, new mexico, has a lower percentage of adults that hold permits compared to the crimes CCL's commit.

    Nathan Fellows
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    Extremely misleading Headline
    February 15, 2013 | 11:29 PM

    "Texas study: Concealed carry permit holders commit less than 1% of the crimes." Reads like they commit less than 1% of all Texas crimes- which is actually huge.
    It should read "0.2% of Texas Concealed Carry Permit Holders commit ANY crimes"

    Richard Heppert
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    Fact check time
    March 29, 2013 | 11:29 AM

    @Nathan Fellows

    Only 1.8% of the Texas population have CHLs so no, they don't "make up a huge percentage of the general population in Texas". Get your facts right, thanks.

    Dennis Romero
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    Concealed weapons
    April 13, 2013 | 08:53 AM

    Very hard to conceal an assault weapon.

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    Assault Weapon? What is that?
    June 01, 2013 | 06:26 PM

    Is that one of those guns with a shoulder thingy that goes up?

    The FBI says they are used in less than 2% of all gun crimes, and have been used at that low a rate before, during and after the 1994 ban on cosmetic features.

    But the media says we need to ban them, so I guess we should.... right?

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    Fact Check Time
    August 22, 2013 | 04:50 PM

    @Dennis Romero, according to at least one source CCL's in Texas numbered 584,850 as of July 2013. Now, is that "huge"? Only Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida have more. Both sides tend to distort the numbers. Another site lists numbers of people killed by "CCL holders", but includes those in states with no CCL requirements and includes no contextual numbers on overall gun crime statistics! Numbers without context are meaningless and if you wish to repeal an article of the Bill of Rights, you are going to have to bring more than random statistics and be prepared to be debated!

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