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Texas' Concealed Carry Law Works, Says NCPA Report
National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | 5.26.00 | Julie Hillrichs

Posted on 05/28/2003 2:37:11 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER

DALLAS (May 26, 2000) - Marking the fifth anniversary of Texas' concealed carry law, a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) shows that Texans with concealed carry permits are far less likely to commit a serious crime than the average citizen.

"Many predicted that minor incidents would escalate into bloody shootouts if Texas passed a concealed-carry law," said H. Sterling Burnett, a senior policy analyst at the NCPA and the author of the report. "That prediction was dead wrong."

In 1995, Texas Gov. George W. Bush signed a law granting Texans the right to carry concealed firearms. This made Texas the 23 state to pass a concealed carry law since 1986.

According to the report, the slightly more than 200,000 Texans who have become licensed to carry a concealed firearm are much more law-abiding than the average person. Comparing arrest rates for example:

Texans who exercise their right to carry firearms are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for a violent offense.

They are 14 times less likely to be arrested for a non-violent offense.

They are 1.4 times less likely to be arrested for murder. Moreover, of the six licensees who were arrested and tried for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, four were found not guilty because they had acted in self-defense.

The right to carry may also be affecting Texas' crime rate in a positive way. Texas had a serious crime rate in the early 1990s that was 38 percent higher than the national average.

Since then, serious crime in Texas has dropped 50 percent faster than for the nation as a whole.

Murder rates have dropped 52 percent, compared to 33 percent nationally.

Rapes have fallen by 22 percent compared to 16 percent nationally. This experience is consistent with the experience of other states with concealed carry laws. According to University of Chicago law professor John Lott, concealed handgun laws on average reduce murder by 8.5 percent, rape by 5 percent and severe assault by 7 percent.

"Far from recreating the Wild West, concealed carry laws create a safer society," said Burnett. "The law allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves."

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The National Center for Policy Analysis is a public policy research institute founded in 1983 and internationally known for its studies on public policy issues. The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with an office in Washington, D.C.

For more information: Julie Hillrichs, Dallas, TX 972-386-6272 Sean Tuffnell, Dallas, TX 972-386-6272 Joan Kirby, Washington, DC 202-628-6671 Internet: http://www.ncpa.org


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: antigun; bang; banglist; ccw; firearm; gun; guncontrol; gunrights; handguns; secondamendment; selfdefense; weapons

1 posted on 05/28/2003 2:37:12 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Bump! That's a lesson for Minnesota's switch to a shall carry CCW system. The concerns of the gun banners is much ado about nothing.
2 posted on 05/28/2003 2:38:52 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Proud Texas CHL holder bump!
3 posted on 05/28/2003 2:46:49 PM PDT by Buffalo Bob
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Is this a 3-year-old article, or is the date merely wrong? The conclusions surely are not any less valid if 3 years have passed - they are, if anything, even more valid since more time would have passed to test the proposition. BTW, there are (as of May 3, 2003) about 226,000 CHL holders.
4 posted on 05/28/2003 2:46:58 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: CHICAGOFARMER; Eaker; humblegunner; Squantos; TEXASPROUD
The backgrounds of applicants for a CCP in Texas are investigated thoroughly before a permit is granted.
The possession of a CCP is proof in and of itself that the carrier is in the upper tier of law abiding citizens.
5 posted on 05/28/2003 3:04:47 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Common sense report, this is a big DUH, to those of us that know about such things.

But this report will be ignored by the gun grabbers, it does NOT fit their agenda.
6 posted on 05/28/2003 3:07:56 PM PDT by Aric2000 (Are you on Grampa Dave's team? I am!! $5 a month is all it takes, come join!!!)
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To: *bang_list
Lone Star bump.
7 posted on 05/28/2003 3:12:05 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
huge freedom bump !!!!
8 posted on 05/28/2003 3:13:58 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Too bad dead Missourians elected O. T. B. Holden,,, The governor who has stated "he will veto ANY concealed carry legislation".

Liberal Democrats will never admit that then Gov. Bush of Texas did the right thing, no matter what the facts show.

O. T. B. = One Term Bob

9 posted on 05/28/2003 3:23:19 PM PDT by TYVets ("An armed society is a polite society." - Robert A. Heinlien)
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To: TexasCowboy; Eaker
The possession of a CCP is proof in and of itself that
the carrier is in the upper tier of law abiding citizens.

It comes in handy when purchasing, I have seen!
That's my next step, the CCP..

10 posted on 05/28/2003 3:44:50 PM PDT by humblegunner (Molon Labe!!!)
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To: TexasCowboy
The possession of a CCP is proof in and of itself that the carrier is in the upper tier of law abiding citizens.

Then how did I qualify???

;<)


Eaker

11 posted on 05/28/2003 3:55:55 PM PDT by Eaker (64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one yesterday. Somehow, it didn't make the news.)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER; Grampa Dave; Teacher317; Leisler; Ford Fairlane; .38sw
A freedom to carry Bump!
Mayor Daley wouldn't like it.
12 posted on 05/28/2003 3:56:30 PM PDT by chicagolady
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To: CHICAGOFARMER; phasma proeliator
A bump to all freedom lovers!
13 posted on 05/28/2003 3:59:00 PM PDT by chicagolady
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To: Ancesthntr
Is this a 3-year-old article, or is the date merely wrong?

According to what's at the link, it's old.

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14 posted on 05/28/2003 5:07:42 PM PDT by JCG
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To: Eaker
"Then how did I qualify???"

There's never been a system devised by man that didn't screw up occasionally.

15 posted on 05/28/2003 5:50:23 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: TexasCowboy; Squantos
Squantos, did you hear that? We're the good guys!!!
16 posted on 05/28/2003 6:03:39 PM PDT by TEXASPROUD
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To: TEXASPROUD; Squantos; Eaker; humblegunner
The only way I could like my CCP better is if it were an OPEN carry permit!
17 posted on 05/28/2003 6:41:50 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: Ancesthntr
Yes, the article is three years old. Maybe that's why it isn't posted as Breaking news. ;^)
18 posted on 05/28/2003 9:26:37 PM PDT by Imal (There's a Marxist born every minute)
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To: TEXASPROUD; TexasCowboy
Awwww gheeeze now we have to act like adults !! We've been labled.

Stay Safe !!

19 posted on 05/28/2003 9:47:47 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: goldstategop
That's a lesson for Minnesota's switch to a shall carry CCW system. The concerns of the gun banners is much ado about nothing.

Shoot outs are not the concerns of the gun banners, control is their concern, People Control.

20 posted on 05/28/2003 9:55:01 PM PDT by c-b 1
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To: TexasCowboy
LOL....But we already knew we were special TC !.........:o)....After all we "are" Texican's !

Stay Safe !

21 posted on 05/28/2003 10:23:42 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: TexasCowboy
The only way I could like my CCP better is if it were an OPEN carry permit!
Excuse the hopeless NY ignorance; what happens to you if someone sees your, ahem, gun?

22 posted on 05/29/2003 4:09:10 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Far from recreating the Wild West, concealed carry laws create a safer society,"

Actually, in my studies of the "wild west", it was not wild.

Except for trouble with the indians, and a few mining camps, the west was not wild.

The west was actually a very boring place to be, not wild.The average person did not worry or was a victim of crime, and rape was almost unheard of. If the infrequent rape ever did occur, the entire town would lynch the rapist preventing him from doing it again, and I cant recall even one case of child molestation by a stranger.

If you go back and study geneology or your family history in the west, you will find that your ancestors were bored beyond belief on the ranch and farm, but they were not fearful of being a crime victim by their neighbors.

23 posted on 05/29/2003 4:47:24 AM PDT by waterstraat
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
"Excuse the hopeless NY ignorance; what happens to you if someone sees your, ahem, gun?"

Then it's, ahem, slammer-time, if they choose to report it.
It's a fundamental requirement of "concealed-carry" that the weapon in question actually be concealed.

24 posted on 05/29/2003 6:28:23 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: dd5339; cavtrooper21
Should we fwd this to Sen Bob's email? Maybe give him some encouragement in our soon-to-be-former homestate!
25 posted on 05/29/2003 7:57:21 AM PDT by Vic3O3 (Jeremiah 31:16-17 (KJV))
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To: Redbob
Actually, you have to make a reasonable attempt to conceal. And it isn't slammer time either. Your permit may be revoked.
26 posted on 05/29/2003 8:09:14 AM PDT by SpartacusII
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
You mean Texas didn't turn into a state of fast draw bounty hunters? Certainly 'coulda' fooled me.
27 posted on 05/29/2003 8:26:00 AM PDT by oyez (Is this a great country or what?)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Oh, I dunno, I'm kinda partial to Vermont's system, myself.
28 posted on 05/29/2003 8:51:20 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: waterstraat
I cant recall even one case of child molestation by a stranger.

Are you saying you were around in the middle to late 1800's?

29 posted on 05/29/2003 9:28:32 AM PDT by 1L
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To: 1L
I cant recall even one case of child molestation by a stranger. Are you saying you were around in the middle to late 1800's?

I have been totally immersed in genealogy, family histories, local histories, old newspapers, etc. Never have I run accross a case of child molestation on the frontier where such a thing happened to anyone, or any town or county which I have studied.

What little crime I found in all of my research, was usually in cow towns, or mining towns, where wild unruly people kill other wild unruly people, the farmers and ranchers were left alone, most of them never even had locks on their doors,and nearly all of them were armed.

30 posted on 05/29/2003 12:04:44 PM PDT by waterstraat
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To: Ancesthntr
Is this a 3-year-old article, or is the date merely wrong

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If you visit the website site the answer will be clear.
31 posted on 05/29/2003 1:06:25 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER (Citizen Carry)
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