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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.

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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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16.

Joseph Diehl    

WHy is this a story?

931 days ago
17.

m    

Love that show.

931 days ago
18.

EastCoastChopper    

The ATF says 'guns gone missing' Guns gone missing?

The immortal words of John McEnroe - " YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS" !

R

931 days ago
19.

Toilethead    

Good! That's one of the worst shows on TV. It's just another discovery show aimed at the trailer park crowd. It has no value at all and should not even be on TV.

931 days ago
20.

LongJohn69    

Discovery Channel needs to dump all their reality type shows. Every one is ridiculous.

931 days ago
21.

Rex    

ATF has a lot of nerve. What about all the missing guns from Fast and Furious.

931 days ago
22.

The Shocker    

My last audit the ATF "didn't know" about 70 guns I had properly registered. Of course they didn't punish themselves.

Plus, there's that nasty business of ATF giving money to straw buyers or buying guns themselves with taxpayer monies which have been used to kill 2 Federal Agents and hundreds of Mexicans. You guys should try some hard news sometime.

931 days ago
23.

tgrfan42069    

i used to like this show.now that they have started the drama and love story **** it has went to hell

931 days ago
24.

carissa    

My bf watches this show for his love of guns (don't get it, but whatevs) and it has the potential to be interesting but has the blandest "characters" and ridiculous acting. Not to mention Queen Snaggletooth has a personality that seems to have been strangled out of a dying gopher.

931 days ago
25.

jack     

Hey Samantha! shut the hell up! Hahaha hohohoe!

931 days ago
26.

B. Brown    

Seems to me that Holder and the ATF lost a whole lot more than that to Mexico.??????

931 days ago
27.

DJ    

Well at least it's nice to know that if we "lose" 10 guns to "somewhere" we can always strike a deal with the Feds. Way to go proving yet again that the rules just don't apply to everyone equally.

931 days ago
28.

arale norimaki    

to b brown

Under President Ronald Reagan America not only increased its involvement in the Middle East by supplying arms to both Iraq and Iran in their war against each other, but America stepped up its involvement in conflicts around the world, especially South America.In 1998 the CIA finally admitted to its involvement in drug trafficking in the United States after years of federal investigation by the Kerry Congressional Committee. What the CIA admitted to was allowing cocaine trafficking to take place by Contras who were being supported by the CIA, using facilities and resources supplied by the US government, and preventing investigation into these activities by other agencies. This was done because funds for the support of militant groups in South America had been withdrawn by Congress so the CIA allowed the Contras to engage in the drug trade in the United States in order to make money to fund their military operations. If you are wondering why this was not covered more widely in the news during the Clinton Administration it may be because Arkansas was one of the major trafficking centers for the operations

931 days ago
29.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Will is a wanker anyway... Now that other idiot from American Guns should be done the same.

931 days ago
30.

Wonky    

So, basically they lost 10 guns, and all the penalty was is they list someone else as owner? Sounds like the movie Casino when they just keep giving Deniro new job titles. What a joke these clowns put people s lives at isk and there doors are still open.

931 days ago
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