State Suspends Man's Handgun Carry Permit after YouTube Video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Camden man has had his handgun carry permit suspended after he was featured in what the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security described a “threatening” YouTube video.

According to a news release, James Yeager’s permit was suspended, Friday. Officials stated that 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. He will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a statement released Friday.

According to officials, Yeager is also the CEO of Tactical Response, a firearms and tactical training school in Camden. State officials said he is not a Department of Safety and Homeland Security certified instructor, nor is his school department certified.

A news release stated that 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.


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