Gohmert also argued that violence is lower in cities with lax gun laws, and higher in cities with stricter laws.
‘‘The facts are that every time guns have been allowed — conceal-carry (gun laws) have been allowed — the crime rate has gone down,’’ Gohmert said.
Gun-control advocates say that isn’t true. A study by the California-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence determined that 7 of the 10 states with the strongest gun laws — including Connecticut, Massachusetts and California — are also among the 10 states with the lowest gun death rates.
‘‘If you look at the states with the strongest gun laws in the country, they have some of the lowest gun death rates, and some of the states with the weakest gun laws have some of the highest gun death rates,’’ said Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.