James Yeager, CEO Who Threatened To 'Start Killing People' Over Gun Control, Backpedals... Sort Of

01/11/2013 10:23 pm ET | Updated Mar 13, 2013

The Tennessee CEO who said in a YouTube video earlier this week that he would "start killing people" if current gun control efforts went "one inch further" walked back his original statement during an interview with Nashville's WSMV-TV on Friday.

Insisting that he had no imminent plans to open fire on anyone -- while also falsely claiming that he never used the phrase "start killing people" -- Tactical Response CEO James Yeager said that he was simply "angry" when he filmed the original video about encroachments on his 2nd Amendment "birthright."

However, Yeager's damage-control effort hit a snag when asked to elaborate on his fervent devotion to the Bill of Rights. Pressed by the interviewer to identify the conditions under which he would consider taking up arms, Yeager named "outright gun confiscation" as an example, leading to the following exchange:

INTERVIEWER: The attention-getter is saying that you're going to shoot some people.

YEAGER: Right.

INTERVIEWER: And when I hear you, I'm thinking, if someone comes to confiscate guns at your house, you're going to open fire on them?

YEAGER: Yes, yes.

INTERVIEWER: Go through that again?

YEAGER: If somebody comes to take my guns, I will shoot them.

Coincidentally, Yeager's handgun carry permit was suspended by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Friday. The department's commissioner explained that the decision was based on "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public."

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