Tactical Response CEO James Yeager — whose handgun carry permit was suspended after he threatened to “start killing people” if President Obama took executive action on guns — has his gun license back, WBBJ-TV reported Friday.
The state of Tennessee suspended Yeager’s permit in January after a video of Yeager railing against new gun control measures went viral. “I am 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 gonna start killing people,” Yeager said in the video.
Yeager told WBBJ-TV that he believes his video “sparked a national discussion of, ‘Okay, what is going to happen, you know, if things continue down this path?'” But he added that he’s “not optimistic” things will go his way on gun control.
“Folks in middle America, we’ll pay our taxes, just leave our guns alone,” Yeager said in the interview. “And it seems like they’re not willing to do that. I’m not overly optimistic things are gonna go well.”
Late update: Yeager posted a video on April 10 announcing that his permit had been reinstated. “I am pleased with the result, and I learned some valuable lessons along the way,” Yeager said in a statement in the video.
Watch the WBBJ-TV report: