CEO Loses Gun Permit Over Plan to 'Start Killing People'

James Yeager raged online over possible gun-control laws

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2013 4:44 PM CST

(Newser) – A Tennessee firearms trainer posted a video last week saying he would "start killing people" if gun-control laws are passed—and state officials kinda noticed, Digital Journal reports. In fact, Tennessee's Homeland Security office revoked the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, due to a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public." Yeager posted an edited version of the video with his threat cut out, and an apologetic video alongside his lawyer, but officials say his permit suspension is still in the mail.

"Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control," Yeager said in the original video. "I’m not f--king putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people." A Tennessee safety official tells Crooks and Liars that he watched the video twice before reaching a decision: "He had a conviction in his voice, and the way he looked into the camera, I believe he's capable of a violent act." Hat tip to Raw Story.

James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response.
James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response.   (YouTube)
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