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 — 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.
UPDATE: More Drama.