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Just-canceled American Guns' Gunsmoke Guns robbed through hole in roof

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It's been a rough patch for Wheat Ridge-based Gunsmoke Guns. First, American Guns, the Discovery Channel show set at the business, was cancelled in what some have interpreted as fallout from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

And now, the arms-heavy shop has been burglarized, with robbers getting away with a thus-far unknown number of things that go bang. Details below.

Here's the Discovery Channel description of American Guns for the launch of the show's second season:

The Wyatts are your typical suburban family who just happened to own one of the premiere firearms facilities in the world. Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee own Gunsmoke, located outside Denver, Colorado, where they buy, sell and trade guns -- from hand cannons to hunting rifles. And if you don't see what you want, they'll build one for you -- from nothing more than a block of metal. Gunsmoke has the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state. When the Wyatts aren't building or selling guns, they're shooting them. No gun leaves their shop without being test fired by the family first.
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The Wyatt family.
This premise was not especially controversial at the time the program was launched. But according to a Fox News report published in December, American Guns' Facebook page was clobbered in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy. This post is an example:
"I know you all have to make money but would Discovery Channel PLEASE consider ceasing to broadcast the show in the U.K.? Sadly your program makes buying/owning guns seem fun, glamorous, even normal," wrote one. Another tweeted, "Dear Discovery Channel: it's not appropriate showing the program American Guns now!" Another weighed in: "With Discovery shows like 'Sons of Guns', 'American Guns', 'Ted Nugent's Gun Country' etc it's not surprising how guns r seen as acceptable."
Shortly thereafter, the Fox News piece goes on, Discovery announced that the show had been cancelled and would not return for a third season -- this despite a 50 percent ratings increase from season one's debut to the second season launch and a statement from Renee Wyatt that a season three would definitely happen.

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Wylie Newton.
Gunsmoke Guns' notoriety remains, and given the amount of firepower inside, it's certainly an unlikely target for scofflaws. Indeed, the most recent crime connected to the store involved one Wylie Newton, who was accused of stealing an antique pistol in New Mexico and then trying to fence it at Gunsmoke.

Continue for more about Gunsmoke Guns, including robbery details, photos and videos.



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dj123
dj123

American Guns was a GREAT SHOW and it probably will return on another network.

How did "We The People" let America get THIS BAD, where the MINORITY of people in America are getting their way ?? It

has to be that "political correctness" has really worked, unfortunately !!!

Conservatives and Libratarians are NOT "BITTER" they are JUST getting PISSED OFF the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE UNIVERSE is being DESTROYED by people who HATE IT !!!!

WAKE UP AMERICANS, the world only needs ONE RUSSIA !!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!          NOW, EVEN MORE THAN EVER !!!!

dj123
dj123

American Guns was a GREAT SHOW and they DO NOT ruin weapons, they DO WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS !!!

How did "We The People" let America get THIS BAD, where the MINORITY of people in America are getting their LIBERAL WAY ?????

American PATRIOTS, WE MUST TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK, ASAP !!!!

lim0ges
lim0ges

Does anyone really think this was a robbery?  This idiots are small time scanners.  This is strictly an insurance play.  Nothing more.  A hole in the roof?  Really?  How Hollyrock. 

Read the affidavit attached to the Westword article about their IRS investigation.  They have no money and what they have was stolen from Uncle Sam.  The fugly wife was basically skimming from the business and buying white trash condos in Florida plus a McMansion in Evergreen.  Nice people. 

Mark Armsofdurga Gonzalez
Mark Armsofdurga Gonzalez

I'm not saying sons of guns is awesome by comparison but it was a watchable show.... kinda. This show was simply boring. :/ sorry.

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

I'm ardently pro-gun and I'd love to believe that "librulz cancelled mah show!" but the reality is that the show was cancelled because it was crap and people didn't watch it.

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

Appropriate and considerate. I find it interesting that some here complain about the loss of "God given rights". Clearly, some people have no problem with breaking some of the commandments from God. And since when is owning a gun a "God given right"? Finally, according to the US Constitution, "life" comes before "pursuit of happiness".

Cassandra Tafoya
Cassandra Tafoya

Patrick did you even read the article? That's what the article's about... them being robbed.

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

Didn't they just get robbed??? Like yesterday or some $h!t? What do you think Westword?

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

I hope their whole damn inventory was taken by their fellow merchants of death.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Appropriate. That show sucks hard they should have canceled it ages ago

Ben Martinez
Ben Martinez

Please remember that you were put in office to protect our State and National Constitutional rights...not grant them.

Ben Martinez
Ben Martinez

In my humble opinion, our State Representative are over-reaching with the power they were given by the citizens of Colorado.

Ben Martinez
Ben Martinez

Our God given rights are under attack...by letting our legislature chip away at our rights...sooner or later it will affect you...We're playing a dangerous game in Colorado by picking and choosing which rights to defend.

Mike Hymbaugh
Mike Hymbaugh

Over reaction but there are too many scripted "reality" shows on TV anyway.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@lim0ges The affidavit does indeed make interesting reading. Thanks for the post, lim0ges.

LoveMyCountryNOTGuns
LoveMyCountryNOTGuns

@Rich Madison Really?!?!  You say this with what "expert" information at hand?  The show increased in viewership by over 50% from the 1st season to the 2nd.  The show was cancelled because Discovery saw how bad for business this show was, as well as Sons of Guns, since the countries overall perspective has changed on guns.  I'm sure you'll call me a "librulz a@@", which is typical for small-minded, confused and bitter people, like YOU!!!!

turk2862
turk2862

@Ben Martinez Where exactly in the Bible does it talk about gun ownership?  Probably the same place it mentions abortion:  nowhere.

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