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.