A year and a half ago, Tennessee preacher David Andrew Hamblin, who handles venomous snakes as part of his faith, got in trouble with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. TWRA agents raided his Tabernacle Church of God and took the dozens of illegal snakes they found, including rattlesnakes and copperheads, to the Knoxville Zoo. Hamblin was cited for possession of “wildlife inherently dangerous to humans,” but a grand jury, deferring to his “religious rights,” declined to indict him.
Now Hamblin, 23, who appeared on the National Geographic show Snake Salvation, is getting more law-enforcement and media attention – but not over serpents.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested him after he made threatening gestures at his estranged wife and his mother-in-law, waving a gun around. He then fired two bullets at his in-laws’ house. Though a baby was inside, and the couple’s other children watched the scene unfold outside, no one was hurt.