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UNHELPFUL… James Yeager: “I am against national concealed carry”

August 2, 2017


James Yeager, the at-times hot-headed loudmouth firearms instructor from Tennessee, has released a new video. Titled "STOP National Concealed Carry!", the video opens with him stating emphatically, "I am against national concealed carry." Why?  Because states' rights, YO!

Yeager goes on to say that for those people trapped in may-issue "slave" states — for whom a national carry bill stands as a way to finally gain the ability to carry a firearm — he has no sympathy. "I'm sorry. The lifeboat's full. Yer not gettin' in." Because team player, apparently.  Yo.


Here's the video…

Back in 2013, Tennessee revoked Yeager's carry license after he beclowned himself with threats to kill others he disagreed with.  A few months later, Tennessee restored his license.  It seems a fair guess that he left his threatening, incendiary language behind as he pleaded for his license reinstatement.

Not only that, but Yeager caught plenty of criticism for running instead of fighting after his convoy came under fire in Iraq.  In fact, he later challenged anyone to come call him a coward to his face.  His answer to critics?  "Meet me for a duel."

James Yeager's flippant attitude towards millions of Americans denied their right-to-carry disappoints me.  Here's a guy who more than a few People of The Gun look up to and he's siding with the likes of Chuck Schumer and Michael Bloomberg opposing national concealed carry.

Thanks James.  Your support has been duly noted.

Here in Illinois, I worked for twenty years on the front lines of securing concealed carry.  Yeah, it took a long time here in the deep-blue State of Illinois.  We all sacrificed blood, sweat and a whole lot of tears along the way.  Yes, the Land of Lincoln came in dead last gaining right-to-carry, but we finally achieved success.  During our fight for concealed carry in Illinois, we didn't tell people living in Chicago "Sorry.  The lifeboat's full.  You're not getting in.  Move."

Instead of leaving our fellow Illinoisans behind, based merely on their Zip Code, we instead fought the long, hard fight.  We won concealed carry for all Illinois residents.

No thanks to thinking like James Yeager's.

17 Responses to UNHELPFUL… James Yeager: “I am against national concealed carry”

  1. Seamus on August 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    So tough guy is fine and dandy with states denying a civil right to its residents? 

    My right to self defense comes from an authority far higher than some governor. 

    His opinion is of no consequence.  

    Sooner or later, it will happen   


  2. Just Sayin' on August 3, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Good ole' Ditch Bitch Yeager.  

    John took the high road here and didn't chronicle his negligent "training" practices (e.g. instructors down range next to targets during live fire, shooting student trucks after demanding that loaded guns be thrown on the ground and stomped on).

    It's a miracle this ass-clown doesn't have any blood on his hands, to go with his s— for brains.

  3. Easyv on August 3, 2017 at 9:52 am

    You can attack the man all day long. No one has yet argued against his ideas or arguments presented in the video. 

    • JM on August 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

      I'll try, though I'm not one with any debate skill.

      1. He equates it to a federal license.   What I want to see is national recriprocity, not a federal license.  Each state should honor the licenses from other states, just as they do with other licenses and contracts.

      2. He talks about state's rights being more important than federal laws.  I believe that individual rights trump state's rights.  And when Constitutionally guaranteed rights are trampled by states, then the federal government has an obligation to step in. 

      3. He mentions drivers' licenses.  Let him consider the impact of each state not recognizing the driver's license form the other 49.  How about marriage…  Perhaps your marriage is not recognized in other states because its interracial?  Or contracts?  I could go on and on.  Isn't this the same issue of states' rights vs federal when it comes down to basic constitutionally guaranteed human rights? Isn't this where we are with CCW?

      4.  The tyranny of the majority.  So, I guess he's OK with it if his state outlawed the possession of all guns?  If 51% of Tennessee voted that way, would he be OK with his human and constitutional right being ignored?  How about that 1st amendment?  Would he humbly abide by it if Tennessee's majority voted to no longer allow him to teach his "divisive, biggoted, hateful" classes or publish his opinions on Youtube?  There's a concerted, well funded effort to turn those red states "purple".  It could happen.   Think about it.


      I'm sure others can argue this issue better than I could, but that's my take on it.  I'm a strong believer if individual rights first, then state's rights. But when the state gets it wrong, that wrong should be corrected and the Constitutional rights guaranteed by the federal government are there to correct it. 




      • ken on August 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm

        Your last paragraph is precisely why your par. #4 is an invalid point.

        If a state gets "it" wrong, then you can always challenge its constitutionality in state and/or federal court.  Then the feds can RIGHT IT under the Constitution.  But that doesn't belie the point……that the states have rights (meaning the PEOPLE of the states have rights, of course).

        It's as he said Viz. California………they've chosen not to allow guns, basically. That's THEIR right.  So someone should sue.

        If the rest of the circle-jerkers would listen to Yeager's video, HE is absolutely 100% right. Any so-called "RIGHT" given to you (GIVEN TO YOU?) by the federal gubernment is NOT a right.  It's a whim, a chance, a pixie, a fantasy.   It is the TENTH AMENDMENT which is the most precious.

        You'll see when TEXAS secedes, because TEXAS' compact with the United States GOVERNMENT permits it to do so.  That's a state's RIGHT! 

      • FunFAL on August 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Well said.

        And Ken?  He marches to the Special Olympics drummer boy.

  4. KK on August 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Never saw a tattoo mass that I considered attractive. His are no better. Is that supposed to make others think you're more manly?

    • Mark on August 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      I agree! That ink evidently kills brain cells.

  5. Patrick on August 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Guessing from the 2nd picture in this story, I thought his latest video was going to be gay porn.

  6. ken on August 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Wow!  I think this is the brightest article and comment section I've ever seen on this site! 

    Kudoes, circle-jerkers!

    Allow me to bring it DOWN a notch:  Um, errr, the nekkid pic of ol' James there?  Is that his tinder profile pic, err, I mean Grindr?



  7. Brett on August 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I wonder if the Buck Angel meme was intentional or a happy accident.

  8. Hank on August 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Firearms instruction has become a racket in every state that requires it in order to get a CCW. Nation reciprosity is a threat to these self styled instructors because people will get their CCW from states that don't require the often expensive firearms training scam.

    • FunFAL on August 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

      A racket?  Your entitlement complex reeks.  You expect trainers to give away their time and skills?  Shop around.  I have seen them as cheap as $75.  Of course, you often get what you pay for.

      The racket is the State of Illinois charging 153.xx  for a license.

    • Sayron on August 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I can't speak for other states but not in Pennsylvania. To get your CCW permit or as it's called here your LTCF there is no class. Pay your $25 wait a month for your background check. If you pass go back to the sheriffs office. Fail….you get $15 back and a reason why.

  9. David Deplorable on August 4, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The Ditch Bitch?  I love it.  Ever wonder why this two-bit hack isn't still doing lucrative contract work overseas?  Because nobody wants a coward snivelling in a nearby ditch instead of fighting alongside the good guys.

    Yes, James Yeager is a coward.  If he wants to come to Illinois to kick my ass, then so be it.  I will treat him like any other thug with a gun who wants to do me harm.

    As far as his classes go?  I wouldn't stick around any class that instructors don't maintain a safe environment.  I don't go to class to get injured or killed…  or to risk getting sued.






  10. Bob in Florida on August 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    We have to be careful not to confuse 'National Concealed Carry' and 'National Reciprocity'!  

    I tend to believe I would like 'National Reciprocity' – I would like to see the states retain the responsibility for training, testing, and issuing of concealed carry licenses (or, allowing Constitutional Carry, if they are so inclined).  That is the argument for States Rights; and, I too, would not like to see that degraded.  

    'National Reciprocity' does NOT change the laws as they exist in individual states; it is merely an agreement among states that they will give 'full faith and credit' to the  actions of the other states with regard to the ability of their citizens to carry weapons.  Like the drivers license reciprocity and laws, it would be helpful (and I believe, safer) if there were a close similarity in the laws from state-to-state 

    I do not want a 'National Concealed Carry License' (or Permit).  That puts the 'infringement' of our right to keep and bear arms under federal government control – he who issues a permit can also rescind that permit! – it's bad enough to have to always be vigilant for action, and to have to take action, within our own state with regard to our right to keep end bear arms.   We do not want to be always watching the shenanigans on-going in Washington for behind rhe scene activities that will effect our right to keep end bear arms. 

  11. Ken R on August 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    You fight in Illinois proves your efforts worked and that is the model all should follow in their States.
    National Reciprocity is unnecessary and is a violation of federalism and the Tenth Amendment backs that up.

    States have reciprocity agreements so the system works. Those States like New Jersey, New York, Maryland, California, et. al. – stay away from them
    Why would you want to give your money to a State who hates you and your right to bear arms?
    The People should create State rkba groups in those States that have a lot of work to do and fight. You proved it works.