Posted: Dec 27, 2011 10:23 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Dec 27, 2011 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE-- The stars of The Discovery Channel's reality hit "Sons of Guns" call a recent report by TMZ a bunch of lies.
The report says owner Will Hayden and his daughter Stephanie were forced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to give up their federal firearm licences after a "bunch" of weapons went missing from their store, Red Jacket Firearms.
News 2 spoke by phone with people at the store, who said the article only shows a "fraction of the truth."
Because of their contract with The Discovery Channel, they were not able to comment on camera, but their attorney, Craig Davidson, Jr. wants to set the record straight.
Davidson said 10 guns did not go missing like TMZ's article says. Instead, "one or two" guns were stolen from the business during the years of the audit, 2001 to 2008. That was before the reality show existed. The rest of the missing weapons, according to Davidson, were not firearms, but rather pieces of weapons like receiver flats that were "thrown away or destroyed" when gunsmiths tried to fit them for other guns but made mistakes. Davidson says these were "simple bookkeeping errors" made when the business was just Will and his teenage daughter Stephanie, trying to keep up the books.
The ATF, however, requires stores to track serial numbers for every piece of weaponry. Because that didn't happen, Davidson said Hayden mutually agreed with the ATF to shut down Red Jacket Inc. Davidson said at the time, Hayden was in talks with Discovery and moving to another store, so he already had plans to start another business, Red Jacket, LLC.
Hayden's name is not registered to Red Jacket, LLC. Instead, the registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State is Vincent Buckles, a gunsmith at the store and star in the show. Officers are listed as fellow stars Joseph Meaux and Charlie Watson.
We asked why Hayden's name isn't included. Davidson calls that a "confidential business decision."
Our multiple calls to both the ATF and The Discovery Channel were not returned.
Davidson says when filming for the show's next season begins, Buckles will not be returning, because he left to start his own business.