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Austin police: Report gun enthusiasts with extreme views so we can 'vet' them

Speaking in response to the actions of a cult member who went on a shooting spree in downtown Austin, Texas last week, Police Chief Art Acevedo urged Austin residents to keep an eye on their neighbors and report signs of extremism to police:

And that's why it's important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, know our families — tell somebody. If you know somebody that is acting with a lot of hatred towards any particular group, especially if it's somebody you know is a gun enthusiast or is armed with these type of firearms and they're showing any kind of propensity for hatred — it doesn't mean we're going to take them to jail, but we might want to vet these people. [Free Thought Project]

Civil liberties advocates have criticized Acevedo's remarks, arguing that his vetting proposal violates the First and Second Amendments.