Texas is one of the few states that tracks crimes committed by concealed carry weapon permit holders. In Texas, the permit is called a concealed handgun license, or CHL.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has filed annual reports of the convictions of CHL holders from 1996 through 2011. They wait two years to obtain final conviction information before publishing the totals, so 2011 is the last year that they have data for.
The number of CHL holders that commit murder or manslaughter is remarkably low. From the DPS reports for 1996 through 2011 the number of murder and manslaughter convictions for CHL holders totalled 30 over the 16 years.
Link to Texas DPSpdf files, ConvictionRatesReports 1996 - 2011
DPS also reports on the number of active CHL holders for each year. Those numbers were totalled to obtain the number of CHL holder-years. The total number of CHL holder-years for 1996-2011 is 4,295,434.
Link to calendar year Texas DPSpdf files Reports on Active License and Instructor Counts1996 - 2012
The two numbers give us the ratio of CHL holder convictions for murder and manslaughter per 100,000 CHL holders. That number is .70 per 100,000. Yes, the decimal point is in the correct place.
The rate of murder and manslaughter for the general population of Texas averaged for the years 1996-2011 is 6.0 per 100,000.
Link to site with UCR Texas murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rates 1996 - 2011
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