“Percentage Of Gun Permits Who Commit Crimes?”

Someone stopped by searching for “percent of concealed weapons permits who commit crimes.”

Assuming the search is for the “percentage of concealed weapons permit holders who commit crimes in any given year,” the only complete database is from Texas, which has a database showing the number of individuals who are convicted of a crime with the percentage of CCW permit holders who are convicted.(pdf)

That is, if there were 1,000 crime X’s during a year, and two of those convicted were CCW holders, the percentage is 0.0020. If you click on the link above, you will find that for most crimes the percentage is a whopping 0.0000%.

That does not mean that a Concealed Weapons Permit holder never commits a crime. For 3,680 persons convicted of “aggravated assault” during 2009, just 8 had a CCW. That is a whopping 0.0022 percent of those convicted of aggravated assault.

There were 1,913 robbery convictions, none by a CCW holder, for a 0.0000% rate.

And the overall rate for the 65,541 individuals who were convicted of some crime during 2009 was a whopping 0.1541 percent. Many of those were relatively minor “slips of the mind,” carrying a gun into a bottle shop, for example.

For Texas overall, just 0.002654 percent of the population was convicted of a crime during 2009. In more familiar terms, Texas had a conviction rate of 265.5 per 100,000 population. Concealed Weapons Permit holders had a conviction rate of 0.408 per 100,000 population.

But for the almost 350,000 Texas Concealed Weapons permit holders, the conviction rate was 29 per 100,000 permit holders, or 0.408 per 100,000 of the general population, per year. .

In other words, Concealed Weapons Permit holders are convicted of a crime at a rate that is a tiny fraction of that of the general population’s.

Incomplete data from other states strongly suggest that Texas experience is either typical or a bit high. But Concealed Weapons Permit holders are an extremely peaceful lot.

As a Tascosa resident is reported to have told Temple Houston in the 1880’s, “A man that’s carrying a gun wears his heels over sideways a’steppin’ out of the way of trouble.”

That was the way then, and it’s still the way, now.

Stranger

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