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Euromutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-04-10 08:50 PM
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143. The elevated weapon-related arrest rate is readily explicable
These arrests occurred relatively soon after Texas state laws on concealed carry were changed, and many law enforcement agencies were not fully up to speed on the new law. The arrest were made for actions that would have been illegal prior to the 1995 change in the law, but were not following it. This is part of why, as slackmaster points out, it's criminal convictions that matter, not arrests.

Note, moreover, that your source does not compare overall arrest rates of CHL holders to those of the general population. You can't say "Texas CHL holders are more likely to be arrested for DUIs (or violent crimes, or whatnot)" if you don't know how often members of the general population get arrested for such offenses. Given that the VPC researcher evidently went to the trouble of comparing arrest rates for weapon-related offenses, it's hard to credit that she didn't bother to compare other arrest rates, so why aren't those comparisons presented? The most likely explanation is that they didn't support the argument the VPC was interested in making (i.e. CHL holders were statistically no more likely to be arrested than non-CHL holders).
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