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handgun carry permit holders are more law-abiding

Once again, I am going to blatantly steal a positively outstanding idea from Bob S. while he was busy trying to steal his original idea back from me – just how law-abiding are people who carry firearms? We already know that the Violence Policy Center likes to redefine words like "murder" and "dead" in order to cast firearm carriers in the worst possible light, but what do the facts – the raw numbers – actually say about those who carry firearms and how much they obey the law?

Well, in Texas, from Bob’s accounting, only a third of a percent of all concealed carry permits have been revoked due to criminal convictions; on the other hand, somewhere around 3% of the population has been convicted of a crime. Pretty firm indicator of "more law-abiding", right there.

So what about here in Tennessee? Well, unfortunately, our statistics do not go as far back as Texas’, but I found what I could:

In 2008, 263 Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits were revoked due to felony conviction out of a total of 217,896 active HCPs – a "failure" rate of 0.121%. There were no "Court Ordered / Administrative Revocations" for this year.

In 2009, 124 TN HCPs were revoked due to felony convictions out of a total of 268,711 active HCPs – a "failure" rate of 0.046%. Adding "Court Ordered / Administrative Revocations" (168) pushes that percentage to 0.109%.

And in 2010, 36 TN HCPs were revoked due to felony convictions out of a total of 307,816 active HCPs – a "failure" rate of 0.012%. Adding "Court Ordered / Administrative Revocations" (72) pushes that percentage to 0.035%.

However, for some odd reason, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation does not track crime convictions, but rather crime clearances, which, according to the FBI standards they abide by, only require an arrest, a charge, and turning the suspect over to courts for prosecution. So, instead, we have to turn to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and their Felon Population Update.

In 2008, 8,769 Tennessee residents were remanded to the correctional system as newly-convicted felons, out of a total population of 6,240,456 – a "failure" rate of 0.141%.

In 2009, 8,778 Tennessee residents were remanded to the correctional system as newly-convicted felons, out of a total population of 6,296,254 – a "failure" rate of 0.139%.

And in 2010, 8,685 Tennessee residents were remanded to the correctional system as newly-convicted felons, out of a total population of 6,346,105 – a "failure" rate of 0.137%.

In the absolute worst year, TN HCP holders were only about 15% more law-abiding than the average, unpermitted Tennessee resident. In the absolute best year, if we only look at actual felony convictions, TN HCP holders were over 11 times more law-abiding than their fellow residents, and almost four times more law-abiding if you count the "administrative revocations".

At this point, there is simply no argument – it is a demonstrable, historical fact that, on average, handgun carry permit holders and their equivalents are typically more-law-abiding than their non-permit-holding counterparts. Unfortunately, anti-rights cultists are not known for their overwhelming grasp on history or facts…

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