Score one for common-sense gun control! Tennessee officials announced today they are revoking James Yeager’s handgun carry permit after the firearms training instructor made veiled threats against President Obama and said he would “start killing people” if new gun control restrictions passed. Officials said Yeager, 42, posed a “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public.”
Visit yesterday’s post to view the original, uncut “Pack Your Bags” video and the follow-up rant, a story which has gone viral due to the violent intentions Yeager expressed in his irrational tirade. In short, he said he was going to be driven to murder if a “dictator” (Obama) pushed through an assault weapons ban or tightened other gun restrictions.
Yeager also encouraged other gun owners to ready their firearms to fight in a “civil war” – murdering people if “necessary” – in order to defend his twisted version of Second Amendment rights.
Commissioner Bill Gibbons of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said in a statement:
‘The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public’s safety. Mr. Yeager’s comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention. Due to our concern, as well as that of law enforcement, his handgun permit was suspended immediately. We have notified Mr. Yeager about the suspension today via e-mail. He will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail.’
No permit is needed to own handguns in Tennessee, but Yeager won’t be able to carry one with him legally. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if this action will affect Yeager’s semi-automatic weapons, which the permit doesn’t seem to cover according to the department’s website. I hope Gibbons retains adequate security since Yeager has already threatened to kill people for imposing gun restrictions.
There is a seven-year waiting period to re-apply for a handgun permit if a court finds someone to “pose an immediate, substantial likelihood of serious harm…because of mental illness.” Let’s hope Yeager has to wait at least that long to get his gun carry permit back. Officials said Yeager can seek a court review of the department’s decision to revoke his permit.
Tennessee officials explicitly stated that Yeager is not a certified firearms instructor in Tennessee, nor is his business “Tactical Solutions” a certified training school.
Yeager used to be a police chief in Big Sandy, Tennessee, population 500, until the mayor at the time fired him because he didn’t agree with Yeager’s obsession with forming a SWAT team in the quiet town, according to WSMV.com.