'Sons of Guns' Stars — Punished By the Feds for MAJOR Firearms Violations


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