Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed offers stats in gun control debate

Figures show few offenses committed by concealed handgun licensees, Reed says

Published On: Dec 20 2012 03:57:46 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 05:37:11 PM CST

As the country questions the future of gun control following the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut, Bexar Criminal District Attorney Susan Reed is bringing attention to some Texas crime statistics.

In a statement released Thursday, Reed specifically discusses statistics related to offenses committed by individuals licensed in Texas under the Concealed Handgun Laws.

"The first full year of statistics following passage of the CHL law was in 1996. Our analysis shows from 1996 - 2011, there were a total of 852,271 convictions in Texas for the 125 offenses listed in the report," Reed said in a news release.

According to the letter, of the 852,271 convictions, only 1,972 of those were by individuals who were licensed to carry a concealed handgun at the time of the offense.

"This means less than one quarter of one percent of persons convicted of these major crimes held a CHL," Reed said.

The figures are compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety and may be found on the department's web site.