The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, whose threat to "start killing people" in defense of his Second Amendment rights went viral online.
According to News Channel 5/WTVF-TV, in a statement released on Friday, officials said the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security has revoked the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, based on a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public."
The official decision to suspend Yeager's handgun carry permit came after he released on Thursday, a video in which he angrily threatened he would "start killing people" if President Barack Obama attempts to impose stricter gun control measures.
The video went viral on Internet.
Digital Journal reported that in the video, Yeager, seething with barely concealed rage, said:
"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.
"I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn't put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.
"I’m not fucking 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."Digital Journal also reported that after he posted the video, he removed it and posted an edited version that excluded his ominous threat to "start killing people." Digital Journal reporter posted the original unedited video preserved by Raw Story.
According to Commissioner Bill Gibbons of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, explaining why the state suspended Yeager's permit, "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."
Digital Journal reported that Yeager is the CEO of Tactical Response, a company that trains civilians in weapons and tactical skills. News Channel 5 reports that the company has multiple certifications with several different types of weapons. Officials of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, however, said that Yeager was not a Department of Safety and Homeland certified instructor nor was his school certified by the department.
In his latest video titled "Pack Your Bags Part 3," (see video above) posted on Friday night after his gun permit was revoked, he appeared more sober and self-controlled, sitting with his lawyer and apologizing for his remarks. As Crooks and Liars comments, "The apology is presumably so he can be with his loved ones again, his guns."
In the video, he said: "In another video I said some pretty volatile stuff, which I apologize for. I do not - in any way - advocate overthrowing the United States government. Nor do I condone violent actions toward any elected officials."
Before he released "Pack Your Bags Part 3," he had released "Pack Your Bags Part 2," in which he tactically refused to back down from his inflammatory threats in Part 1 to "start killing people." He said: "I do not condone anybody committing any kind of felonies up to and including any aggravated assaults or murders, unless it's necessary." He added: "Right now it is not necessary."
But the apology in "Pack Your Bags Part 3" may have come too late. Crooks and Liars reports that Col. Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Department of Safety, said it did not take him long to reach a decision after viewing the comments on the Internet. He said: "I watched it twice to make sure I was hearing what I thought I heard. It sounded like it was a veiled threat against the whole public. I believed him. He had a conviction in his voice, and the way he looked into the camera, I believe he's capable of a violent act."
Talking Point Memo provides a full statement from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security below:
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced today the suspension of James Yeager’s handgun carry permit after he was featured in a threatening YouTube video post that went viral earlier this week.
The decision to suspend Yeager’s handgun carry permit was based on a “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public” (TCA 39-17-1352).
Yeager, 42, of Camden, Tenn., allegedly claimed he would “start killing people” if the Obama administration took executive action to pass gun control measures.
“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, and he will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.
Mr. Yeager is also the CEO of Tactical Response, a firearms and tactical training school in Camden. He is not a Department of Safety and Homeland Security certified instructor, nor is his school department certified.
Mr. Yeager has the right to seek review of the department’s decision in the general sessions court of his county of residence or through the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.