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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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61.

derp    

I find it hilarious that the ATF feels justified to revoke a license over 10 guns that were likely sold legally and the paperwork was just lost or something... when the ATF itself is in the business of selling guns to drug cartels en masse, in the thousands, regularly.

919 days ago
62.

retrocon    

Paperwork screwups by the BATFE? Probably based on the unconstitutional NFA laws in place?

Funny, Holder did more illegal activity, and actually cost the life of a border patrol agent. Like I would hold this against the RJF folks.

919 days ago
63.

brandon    

thats so messed up red jacket is damn good at makeing great guns is sucks that this article dosent tell realy anything like what types of guns were "unaccounted for"

912 days ago
64.

!sheepdog    

Joe Meaux
Red Jacket Firearms LLC
9653 Mammoth Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70814

Who's Joe Meaux?

909 days ago
65.

1sheepdog    

So Will and Stephanie lost 10 guns (actually more like the paperwork on 10 guns) Eric Holder and Co. knew hundreds of firearms were sent to Mexico into the hands of Cartel members and everyone of those guys still have their jobs -WTF people ?? Get your heads straight.

909 days ago
66.

J    

Funny the ATF NOT counting the guns from Fast and Furious looses thousands of guns every year including a great many machine guns. Bet this is a paperwork error on the ATF's part. It was brought to light a few years ago by a whistle blower that the ATF instead of processing transfers where just shredding them. Wonder of the guns RJ was supposed to have where guns transfered with the paperwork being shreded by the ATF. Here is a fun fact. Even if you have all your paperwork copies if the ATF can't find IT"S copies then the transfer never happened and you have to produce the gun. Got to love the thugs over at the ATF. I am surprised they took time away from their busy schedule of suppling guns to murders so 100 of Mexican citizens can be killed by them in the boarder wars.

906 days ago
67.

JO    

Will H thinks he is God. Vince did the right thing. Will went and put a kid up to make a gun important for our country's security and not Vince. Treat your employees right and quit making guns because you had your firearms license taken away. Any one putting Will in charge of a firearm to use in our usa security is crazy. Will and Stephanie are both frauds.

905 days ago
68.

BIG BANG    

ATF = Americans Totally F_ _ ked when we come knocking at your door!!!

905 days ago
69.

BIG BANG    

OMG people its TV ratings ratings ratings, grow up what better way to get ratings ratings ratings a gun smithing show gone love story, ratings ratings ratings

905 days ago
70.

Ol' Paw    

Show's a fraude. And if I wanted to see mush t.v. I'd watch "As The Stoumach Turns" or "The Dumb and The Chestless" daytime drama. Show must be in trouble if they're trying to appeal to the "daytime drama" audience. Thought it was supposed to be about firearms. When the drama starts I find reruns of dull shows. Truth is, I had stopped watching the show because of the phony drama and staged explosions but last week tuned in because of the promos. I thought the super A.R. might be interesting. Guess I shouldn't have been surprised to see spit swapping and staged drama. This crap shouldn't be on T.V. because it makes the entire shooting population look like crapheads.

904 days ago
71.

cliff    

things arent right. the 'buffer' episode was a fraud. the correct buffer was clearly in the gun, you can see it around the 22 minute mark. its a black round knoby thingy with a hole in the center, you can clearly see it. then when they are on the range and have the malfunction and open the gun up, they pull out a gold color standard CAR buffer. they are creating drama for ratings.

903 days ago
72.

Wally Walpamure    

WHat a Total Bull Show full of lies deception big fake booms, fake Generals, Big Fat man that thinks he's some kind of super hero but really just a sad control freak feeding us total crap and exxpecting us to believe their lies and fake crap, This Show stands as aa Mirror for the 1% of Americans Corp Greed on Discoverys part so sad to see these shows throwing this at us I would NOT Buy This crap Series anyone that does is a Nutter.. END the Series and get back to reality you went way over the fake line on this one.. your show mirrors your Government Total Crap and full of Lies..Bigger and Better in USA especialy when it comes to BULL****..!!

903 days ago
73.

MartianWarrior    

Did those go missing under this administrations program "Fast and Furious" ?

903 days ago
74.

ITGrouch    

I decided to watch the entire last season of "Sons of Guns" today to see what all the buzz was about. Lesson learned...do not watch the new season!

I guess the daughter was too busy playing grab ass with one of the gunsmiths, now her hubby, to keep the proper records.

Buckles had a lot of reasons to leave the company, especially when daddy Hayden playing favorites with his now son-in-law.

902 days ago
75.

Jaden    

God, the Govt. jumps out of multimillion dollar airplanes all the time, theres several cases where large weapons shipements have been hijacked, dropped in the wrong place and unacounted for. total BS.

880 days ago
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