'American Guns' Reality Star Richard Wyatt Arrested on Theft Charge

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  1. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    https://gma.yahoo.com/american-guns-reality-star-richard-wyatt-arrested-theft-015044698--abc-news-celebrities.html


    Richard Wyatt, a gun store owner and former star of the reality TV show "American Guns," has turned himself in on an arrest warrant for theft.

    Wyatt, whose Wheat Ridge, Colorado gun store Gunsmoke Guns served as a setting for "American Guns," turned himself in Friday, one day after an arrest warrant was issued for theft from an at risk adult, the Wheat Ridge Police Department said.

    In 2013, a person had consigned "a rare and antique gun collection" with Wyatt, the police reported, and "repeated efforts by the victim at recovering several of the weapons had failed."

    Several of the stolen weapons were recovered at Gunsmoke Guns on March 31, during a search warrant for an unrelated federal investigation, according to police.

    Wyatt was previously the chief of police in Alma, Colorado, and has 22 years of experience in law enforcement, according to gunsmokeguns.com. The reality show "American Guns," which followed his family at the Gunsmoke Guns store, ran on the Discovery Channel from 2011 to 2012.

    The Wheat Ridge Police Department asks anyone with information about "consignment issues" at Gunsmoke Guns to call the tip line at 303-235-2947.

    It is unknown whether Wyatt has an attorney and he and the store did not respond to requests for comment.
     
  2. HiPointArmorer

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    Red Jacket Firearms, now this....not very good representatives for the gun community. Just because someone can get an FFL doesn't mean they should have one.
     

  3. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    "Innocent until proven guilty."

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  4. harcdaddy

    harcdaddy Member

    I thought it was a decent show, unfortunate.
     
  5. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    Here is another example of people who have been on TV making news that would normally be buried in the back of the paper but instead it is front page and national news. Like Kirk said, innocent until proven guilty. This could be just a case of a contract dispute. We do not have enough information to make a decision either way.

    Well at least he wasn't molesting little girls.
     
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  6. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    BTW, what does "at risk" owner mean? Was the guy prevented from owning firearms? Was he considered a suicide risk? Is he a minor with no father figure, living in the Projects? What's going on here?

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  7. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    It was better than that Red Jacket show, but that's about all I can say. I'm still offended by what they did to two clients.

    One brought in an Aston Martin he wanted to make into a Bond car. They, literally, clamped two PPK's under the front bumper with wire operated triggers and called it "good."

    Another brought in a shotty he wanted to make into a SBS type prepper shotgun. They sawed it down (screwed it up on length), then put on a gawd-awful tripple-skull-mouth muzzle brake and called it "good."

    Of course, both clients "loved" the mods, at least when it got done in the cutting room. I would have refused to pay and maybe sued.

    But at least the mom and jailbait daughter were actually attractive, unlike the daughter over on the Red Jacket TV-eyesore.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  8. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    I like both shows.

    Of course, I knew a lot less about guns then than I do now.

    I remember the episode with the Aston Martin.... that was lame.

    I often wondered if the people really liked the work.
     
  9. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

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    Gun community's fine. Dishonest FFLs get shut down all the time. Libs see it as a victory when it's just business as usual. Looks bad for crappy reality stars though.

    "Several of the stolen weapons were recovered at Gunsmoke Guns on March 31, during a search warrant for an unrelated federal investigation, according to police."

    Wonder what the ATF was trying to bust him on?

    Bwahahaha...
     
  10. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

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    I thought the Red Jacket crowd were a bunch of self-impressed douches who weren't anywhere near as good as they thought they were.

    Did you get the impression he was basically pimping them out for the show? He was also all about looking wealthy to us lowly viewers. Who the hell fires up a helicopter to deliver a Remington 30.06?

    I like the Alaskan one with Phred and the one with the British father and American son.
     
  11. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Tax Evasion.

    Well, actually it was the IRS, and the ATF was most likely brought in because it's an FFL and they need inter-agency somethingorother.



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    Kirk
     
  12. Think1st

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    That sounds as bad as that show "Apocolypse 101" which ran a few years ago. There was one episode in which a vagrant contracted the Forge Tactical Supply guys to kit out his vehicle so that it could be defended against threats. They rigged up a shotgun, IIRC, on the driver-side front fender, and it also had a string-activated trigger. Then they rigged a Sub 2K on a pintle on his roof, in front of the sunroof so that he could stand on the seat to use it.

    Both of those mods were pretty lame. The fender gun would have been pretty useless under about 99% of the encounters he might have faced, and a Sub 2K gains nothing from being mounted on a pintle. Besides, it's not like he could have legally kept any of those features ready without being stopped by the police.
     
  13. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

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    So if guilty, it's "theft and tax evasion". Yea the 2-A crowd can relax and ignore this one. It'll effect them as much as a kid toucher.
     
  14. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    One of the stories also mentions investigation (by the IRS) for, potentially, 6 illegal full auto guns. ...which might be why ATF was involved. Don't know why the IRS was interested in the FA guns. :p

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    Kirk
     
  15. cicpup

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    It's not called a "tax stamp" for nothing. Plus I'm sure they weren't worried about possible sales tax on 6 full autos. Not like they would go for much.
     
  16. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Good point. :)

    If you read through the details of the stories, it appears on face value to be pretty damning. Claims of lots of expensive toys, houses (multiple), and lifestyle stuff with (claimed) reported income which would put them way below the poverty line and begging for Food Stamps and Obama Phones.

    Again, Innocent Until Proven Guilty. I have small trust for most news sites these days, not even FOX. In aggregate, you can usually get the gist of it, but even then, sometimes you have to go to international news sites. But even that isn't all it's cracked up to be because many of them are 99% Socialist by volume. :(

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  17. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Both shows suffered from the same over-directed and over-scripted hype.
    A little more documentary style and a whole lot less reality-style would have been much more tolerable.
     
  18. bscar

    bscar Supporting Member

    More Hickok45, and less FPSrussia, basically?
     
  19. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    Oh man.... I like FPS....
     
  20. bscar

    bscar Supporting Member

    In Russia, gun shoot you