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'Sons of Guns' Stars

Punished By the Feds

for MAJOR Firearms Violations

12/23/2011 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Son of Guns William Hayden
The star of the Discovery reality show "Sons of Guns" has been forced to surrender his Federal Firearm License after government officials discovered a bunch of his weapons had mysteriously gone missing ... TMZ has learned.

The man caught in the crosshairs is a famous gunsmith named William Hayden -- who founded Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge Louisiana ... and hired his daughter Stephanie to help run the business.

Things went swimmingly until 2009 ... when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted a routine inspection of RJF and discovered 10 guns registered to the company could not be accounted for ... a big, BIG problem.

We're told the feds pinned the blame on William and Stephanie -- and were looking to take serious action that could have resulted in the end of RJF.

But law enforcement sources tell us ... the Hayden's struck a deal with feds in 2010, in which the two agreed to surrender their gun-making licenses ... and in exchange, they could appoint a LICENSED person to take over the company.

It didn't take long for William and Stephanie to pick their successor  ... they went with Vincent Buckles (pictured left) -- another gunsmith often featured on the reality show.

William and Stephanie went back to work for the company -- but since they are no longer allowed to own the gun business, they are working as employees.

Reps for the Haydens, RJF and Discovery all had no comment.

TMZ has learned Vincent Buckles has since left the company -- and two other licensed people are currently in charge of the business.



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Hmm, did Holder and his goons find all those guns from Fast and Furious yet?

1038 days ago


Funny last I heard he was still working for RJF as of like last week when they posted crap on utube..

1038 days ago


man this thread got attacked by the bots of doom. I watch this show on tv. You wouldn't think this was going on from their television show. Why not just produce the weapons? Stupid.

1038 days ago


Something shady is up... awaiting to see what's going to happen...

1038 days ago


Vince is not in this pic a new guy is.

1038 days ago


I hate to say it guys, but my research shows you're wrong about this. Vince has left the company, yes, but the crew still have their FFL licenses and corporate checks show the company is being managed by Will and Steph with current licensing. Vince's facebook page was hijacked and posted a false memo to Steph's page, even Steph fired back saying it was a lie. I'm sure there's more to it, but there's a registry for everyone who has a FFL and while I haven't checked it myself, the information is out there. I think this is just a BS internet rumor that is growing out of control.

1038 days ago


2nd one down

1038 days ago


This guy loses some guns, has his license jacked, and is out of a job. Attorney General Eric Holder loses some guns in "Fast and Furious" and gets to keep his job and says he'll do it again. There's a problem here, folks.

1038 days ago


You mean reality shows aren't real? I'm crushed.

1038 days ago

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

With all the problems in the country and world today and Obama's gunrunner scandal I don't trust him and Holder's social justice department as far as I can whizzz on them.

1038 days ago


This is complete BS. Obama and his gun grabbing buddy Holder are just after them as they make firearms and sell them legally. They are looking for reasons to shut them down as they don't want people to own firearms of the type that they sell, Mainly the Ak's and the fully automatics

1038 days ago

terry crocker    

just like Obama got the feds to attack this show .also It's the anti gun people who are behind this .

1038 days ago


Amber Portwood is in court today for a NEW drug charge. She is being charged for Poss of a controlled substances for pills, that her probation officer found last week.

1038 days ago


Its not uncommon for someone else to hold the ffl in a store.. hell in chain stores they have a employee hold a ffl..

the ATF has lost their own guns before too. So has other Gov depts..

1038 days ago


A quick check of the ATF website shows that Red Jacket still has a license as of December 2011.

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