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Yeager Won't Give Up Fight for Gun Permit

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. - James Yeager said the suspension of his hand gun carry permit is not only completely pointless but is wasting valuable tax payer dollars.

"If I were gonna harm anyone, why haven't I already done it ? And if I were gonna harm people, I wouldn't use a hand gun. I've got rifles, I've got big rifles. If I were gonna do something really mean I would use those," he said.

Yeager said people are judging him based off a one minute video and not the life he lives. The Tennessee Department of Homeland Security disagreed and feels Yeager is threat to every citizens safety, some residents agree.

"I think he could be a threat, just like we saw in Boston he could be a threat as much as that," Kay Crick.

Yeager said he is not a criminal and does not even have a speeding ticket on his record.

"I would like to think the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security had better things to do than worry about me. There are terrorists in this country, doing terroristic things, and I am not one of them," he said.

Earlier this month, Benton County Judge Kimberly Henson ruled in favor of Yeager stating there was no facts supporting he was a risk to others. The Department of Homeland Security quickly appealed the ruling making Yeager's case unlike any other in Tennessee State History.

"If something bad did happen it'd be a terrible situation. And I think then we would all be blaming them, like, 'why didn't they do something?" Jenny Johnston said of the departments need to respond.

Yeager admitted others may see what he's said as volatile but he believes as an American he has the right to say whatever he'd like, and as a solider he's fought for that freedom.

"Would you say George Washington was a mad man? Would you say Thomas Jefferson was a mad man? But those guys knew that they had to kill people to have the life they wanted in this country," Yeager said.

Yeager said regardless of the outcome of his upcoming court date he will not stop fighting for his gun carry permit. He said he is a law abiding citizen who has committed no crime. Yeager will be in court on April 30.
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