Texas is the most dangerous state in the country, with more than 7,000 people shot so far this year, according to the latest data from the FBI.
The number of people shot rose last week, and was at a six-year high on Sunday.
The number of fatalities, meanwhile, rose slightly to 835 so far in 2018.
There are about 11.5 million registered gun owners in Texas, according the state Department of Public Safety.
The vast majority of those owners are from the Houston-area, though some have also moved into the Dallas-area.
“The more guns we have, the more gun owners, the worse it gets,” Texas State Rep. David Simpson, a Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, citing the gun laws that Texas adopted during the George W. Bush administration.
Simpson also cited his own gun-ownership experience as a factor in his decision to support a gun-control bill, which would have required gun sellers to tell potential buyers if they were prohibited from owning firearms.
In his bill, Simpson cited his personal experience as one of many reasons to support gun control measures, which have been supported by several Republican senators.
But he also noted that gun ownership rates have risen among the general population, and that Texas was a popular place to live when he was a child.
“When you go back to the early ’70s, people were having a lot of fun,” Simpson said.
Texas’ governor, Greg Abbott, has been working to improve the state’s gun laws, which he has vowed to sign into law within two years.
Last week, he issued a statement saying the state was moving forward with a “balanced” approach to regulating guns, but he declined to provide specifics.