My friend, researcher Howard Nemerov, just published a new paper: Concealed Handgun Licensing: Asset to Texas. The abstract:
Collating conviction data reported by Texas Department of Public Safety, crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and census data, it’s possible to determine relative criminality of handgun carry licensees to their equivalent non-licensee population. This paper analyzes Texas carry licensees versus non-licensee Texans over age 21 to determine relative criminality, and also cites research enabling a comparison between police officer malfeasance and carry licensees.
For the tl;dr crowd: license holders are overwhelmingly more law-abiding than non-license holders (as a group/demographic).
A few points from 16 years of data:
- Non-licensees committed FBI major crime felonies 20 times as often as carry licensees.
- For all non-FBI crimes—other felonies and misdemeanors—non-licensees committed crime 11 times as often as carry licensees.
- Since 2006 (last 10 years) non-licensees committed non-FBI crimes 14 times as often.
Why might that be? Howard’s paper discusses it, and it’s something I wrote about over 8 years ago, because to hold a carry license in Texas says a lot about a person.
Everyone seems to worship facts, at least when facts suit their cause. Funny thing about facts: they continue to hold when they don’t suit your cause. Give Howard’s paper a read – it’s full of facts.