Shoving Match, Threats on Texas House Floor

A joint session of the House and Senate gather in the House Chambers for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivering his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

Tempers flared Monday on the House floor of the Texas Legislature with one lawmaker allegedly threatening to put a bullet in the head of another representative.

A shoving match started after Representative Matt Rinaldi of Irving told a couple of Hispanic lawmakers he had called ICE on demonstrators at the State Capitol who were protesting the anti-sanctuary cities law.

According to KVUE-TV of Austin, State Representative Justin Rodriguez of San Antonio claims he heard Rinaldi threaten to put a bullet into the head of Democratic Representative Poncho Nevarez.

Rinaldi later posted on “Facebook that Nevarez threatened to get him and that he would shoot him in self defense.

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