Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has reported a Texas lawmaker to the FBI after he tweeted that his assault rifle “is prepared for you”.
Republican legislator Briscoe Cain’s tweet was deleted by Twitter after the Democrat referred to as it a “dying menace”.
Mr Cain tweeted after Mr O’Rourke referred to as throughout a reside TV debate on Thursday evening for a ban on semi-automatic rifles.
He said his plan to confiscate some forms of weapons.
“Hell, sure, we will take your AR-15,” Mr O’Rourke, a former Democratic Texas congressman, stated on the controversy stage in Houston.
“My AR is prepared for you Robert Francis,” tweeted the 34-year-old Republican, utilizing Mr O’Rourke’s authorized first identify. AR stands for Armalite rifle.
Mr O’Rourke responded: “Clearly, you should not personal an AR-15 – and neither ought to anybody else.”
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Some Texas lawmakers criticised the tweet, which Twitter took down, saying “it violates our guidelines for threats of violence”.
Mr Cain later hit again on Twitter, calling Mr O’Rourke “a toddler”.
A spokesman for Mr O’Rourke stated the Texas state legislator had been reported to the FBI.
In 2018, police had been referred to as to take away Mr Cain from the state Democratic conference after he confirmed up with a pistol and pro-gun pamphlets, the Fort Price Star-Telegram reported.
Mr O’Rourke has made gun management a key plank of his White Home marketing campaign since 22 folks had been killed in a rampage at a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, final month.