VPC Releases License
to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime
Handgun License Holder Offenses Include: Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, Weapon
Crimes, Crimes Against Children, and Domestic Violence
WASHINGTON�A new study
released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) shows that Texas concealed
handgun license holders have been arrested 5,314 times since the concealed
handgun license law went into effect�an average of two and one-half
arrests every day from January 1, 1996, until August 31, 2001.
Texas has a "shall issue" concealed carry system, in which an adult (21
or over), is issued a license that allows them to have a handgun on or
about their person as long as it is not visible or discernible through
ordinary observation after they meet specific, objective criteria.
According to License
to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime, from January 1, 1996, through
August 31, 2001, there were 41 arrests for murder and attempted murder
by concealed handgun license holders in Texas. License
to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime discusses the dangerous
ramifications of concealed carry legislation and details the arrests of
11 concealed handgun license holders subsequent to licensure for the crimes
of homicide, attempted homicide, and aggravated kidnapping. Arrest data
is regularly accepted as a valid measure of crime, reflecting law enforcement
response to criminal activity, and is used by agencies such as the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its Uniform Crime Reports (UCR).
"The NRA told Texans
in 1996 that a concealed handgun law would make Texas a safer place,"
VPC Health Policy Analyst Karen Brock, MPH, said today. "The thousands
of arrests of concealed handgun license holders demonstrates the exact
opposite to be true: license holders are committing crimes, not preventing
them. States now considering concealed carry laws should learn from the
dire consequences that Texans now live with day-in and day-out."
VPC analysis of the
Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) data reveals that�
- From 1996 to 2000,
Texas concealed handgun license holders were arrested for weapon-related
offenses at a rate 81 percent higher than that of the general population
of Texas, aged 21 and older which amounts to more than one weapon-related
offense every other day since the law went into effect.
- Texas concealed
handgun license holders have been arrested for more than two serious
violent crimes per month since the law went into effect including:
murder/attempted murder, manslaughter/negligent homicide, kidnapping,
rape, and sexual assault.
- Texas concealed
handgun license holders have been arrested for more than two crimes
against children per month since the law went into effect including:
sexual assault/aggravated sexual assault on a child, injury to a child,
indecency with a child, abandon/endanger a child, solicitation of a
minor, and possession or promotion of child pornography.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x105