American Guns' Gunsmoke Guns: Did Wyatt family rip off the I.R.S. for years?


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Photos, videos below.
Update, 10:18 a.m. March 12: As we've reported, burglars got away with fifteen firearms during a burglary late last month at Gunsmoke Guns in Wheat Ridge, setting for the recently canceled Discovery Channel reality series American Guns; see our previous coverage below.

Since then, however, another law enforcement agency has descended on the store -- the I.R.S., whose agents came armed with a search warrant. The timing triggered suspicions in at least one blogger that the raid was politically motivated.

American Guns told the story of Gunsmoke owners Rich and Renee Wyatt and their kids, Kurt (seen above) and Paige. The ratings for the first two seasons of the program were solid, leading to expectations that a third would be launched. But last December, following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the subsequent debate about guns and gun violence, Discovery pulled the plug on the program.

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Rich Wyatt.
A couple of months later, during the early morning hours of February 27, a thief or thieves gained access to the shop through a hole in the roof. Witnesses saw a silver, two-door car drive away from the scene shortly before police arrived. An inventory later determined that twelve handguns and three rifles (but no assault weapons) were missing.

Reached this morning, Wheat Ridge Police Department Division Chief Joe Cassa says there have been no new developments in the case. Officers have yet to identify suspects or find the car. "Everything is status quo," he concedes while emphasizing that the investigation is continuing.

In the meantime, the Wyatts have concerns beyond being crime victims. On Friday, 7News reports, Internal Revenue Service reps executed a search warrant at Gunsmoke as part of what a spokesman described as a financial investigation.

The store was closed on Friday, but Cassa says it's his understanding it's back open for business as usual. He adds that the IRS inquiry will have no bearing on the Wheat Ridge PD's burglary inquiry.

But is it connected to something else -- like the Colorado gun legislation that's gotten national attention?

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Paige and Kurt Wyatt.
Five bills continue to move forward at the State Capitol. latest: Yesterday, the Colorado Senate passed five measures, with one, about fees for background checks, headed to Governor John Hickenlooper's desk. The other four, including a limit on high-capacity magazines and a broadening of the background-check statute, face further debate in the House.

The subject of gun-control legislation has certainly whipped up passion among Second Amendment absolutists, and one -- Examiner.com blogger Timothy Miller, who writes under the title "Colorado Conservative Examiner" -- jumped on the Gunsmoke raid in a post headlined "Freedom of speech attacked by the IRS." He writes:

Currently, there is no way to ascertain the Wheat Ridge gun-shop owner's guilt or innocence. [Rich] Wyatt did, over the last several months, become increasingly critical of, and vocal about, proposed gun-control legislation and gun rights. Shortly thereafter exercising his right to freedom of speech, the small businessperson's retail location was raided by the IRS, and it's quite apparent, just like the Tea Party, Wyatt and Obama do not see eye-to-eye. There is no immediate proof that Wyatt's freedom of speech was limited by presidential bully-tactics, but Obama has been known to silence the opposition by using the IRS.

The initial media exposure was immense and local news outlets continue to cover the story daily. The question the media neglects to address is why, again, is a group or individual spoke publicly against the Obama administration's agenda aggressively investigated by the Internal Revenue? More importantly, is the IRS President Obama's private character assassination tool?

Here's a 7News piece about the IRS raid, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of the burglary at Gunsmoke Guns, including photos and videos.

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jim.roth
jim.roth

This guy. What a slimeball. Enjoy prison!

Billy BlackFeather Drexx
Billy BlackFeather Drexx

HAhaa! I jus tlove when ppl this dumb think they can outwit one of the crookedest agencies in the country & get caught. LOL

John MacKenzie
John MacKenzie

Nothing worse than people who boasts themselves as proud patriotic Americans and then scam the country out of paying their fair share of taxes. PATHETIC!

David Alley
David Alley

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. Thomas Paine

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

wait, i thought "law-abiding" always went with gun owner. weren't we supposed to trust legal gun owners because their such upstanding citizens?

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

Wyatt had a bad reputation in Denver for ripping off customers who'd bring in pistols for gunsmithing work. I've heard dozens of horror stories about guns being damaged or misplaced, custom parts being removed and replaced with inferior worn out parts, incompetent workmanship, exorbitantly high prices, and defacing customer's guns by engraving them with the shop logo.

Scott R. Shriver
Scott R. Shriver

Huh? This story is over a year old. Did I miss "new" information?

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

Good, upstanding, U.S. citizens... and they are probably not the only ones doing it... which means they were also getting the poverty credit... nice... nothing like owning a 600k home, 2 condos work 300k each and getting the poverty credit too...

sumnerv6
sumnerv6

Busch is saying to himself" Who in the hell is this asshole"  "Oh right he is the one with the blonde kid that wants to suck me off,"Hope she swallows"

sumnerv6
sumnerv6

Hey id give her a few bucks, to see her swallow.

sumnerv6
sumnerv6

Mom was Whoreing blondie out, that was keeping the "Gun" shop alive.  That was a front to sell the kids ass.

12daniel7
12daniel7

HUH, let me get this straight, a liberal state, trying to suppress gun legislation, and with IRS and  their scandal with conservative  groups , can anyone say conspiracy?

williambeefcake
williambeefcake

If you ever watched the show Rich Wyatt is a jerk to everyone in the place including his wife. He will just start yelling at people and demean them. I find that type of behavior completely uncallled for. I am not surprised he was ripping off the gub'a'ment. I dislike our government but common man you are a gun manufacture. You don't piss off the liberal commies. Everyone should know that. 

racer-x
racer-x

Hmmm ... and he's ex-law enforcement , it's all coming together now !

lim0ges
lim0ges

Dude his daughters are like 5 years old and 3 years old.  The girl on the show is not his daughter.  She's a cute kid being exploited by her mother who's probably always wanted to be famous.  But I know what you'll say.........who cares, just bring her back............hahahaha.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Who cares, bring back his hot ass daughter!

Mar Marcia
Mar Marcia

bwahahaha.... thugs and theives come in all forms

loobr0ck
loobr0ck

Did you read the affidavit?  Funny in the affidavit how at one point after Wyatt found out the IRS was snooping around,  he called the IRS investigator and told him that, "all inquiries should come through him" after the IRS inspector called the real owner of Gunsmoke, Rodriquez.  Oh yeah, way to go smoothy, just tell the IRS inspector how to do his job.  

Jon_S
Jon_S

I guess this makes them part of Mitt Romney's "takers" instead of "makers" then? Oh wait, they sell guns. I forgot that in modern Tea Party nuttiness anything related to guns is always good, and guns trump all other core values, ethics or morality. They will therefore get a free pass and claims of victimhood from the unhinged gun nuts, as we've already seen in the comments so far.

USPatriot
USPatriot

I would like  to  wait and  understand  all  the issues  surrounding the blog and the  alleged I.R.S. claims.   As an law abiding, tax-paying citizen of this country  I  too have  bee n the victim  of  the I.R.S. and the brute-force strong arm  tactics they  often  employ.  I'm  hope that  Mr.  Wyatt and  his  family  will  come out  of this  mes s with  great  results as our community  needs as  many successful  business as  possible.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Stupid people are stupid people right or left. If you are dumb enough to get caught by the lame state or feds you deserve it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Gun Loons and Reich Wingnuts are notorious anti-government Tax cheats.


Mike Milos
Mike Milos

I bet when the police find the thief that ripped them a few weeks back, they will find that the thief if one of Wyatt family! Just a guess.

MisterAK47
MisterAK47

SINCE the 'Gun Lobby' HAS NO SOLUTION to Colorado Dumbocrats 'Gun-Grabbing' that COINCIDES with RIGGED ELECTIONS in Colorado & Nationwide to ALLOW DEMS to CONTROL OUR 2nd Amendment & other RIGHTS...  zzz http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/04/colorado-counties-have-more-voters-than-people/ zzz

'We the People' SEEKING FREEDOM must NOW adopt a 'Nuclear Option' & BREAK Colorado into 2 States via a BALLOT INITIATIVE - WHERE Foreign Companies WILL NOT COUNT OUR VOTES (like SCYTL was used to have 116% Voters in Colorado in 2012) as not all of us want to LEAVE the Rocky Mtns. for Texas or barren Wyoming = CONTACT 720-940-1458 or 
conservativestatecolorado@yahoo.com

iluv2skico2
iluv2skico2

@Jon_S You have no idea how much "gun nuts" despise this guy.  He's left a trail of BS that stretches back to his days as a LEO in Alma.

Your bigoted remarks about gun owners remind me of the stereotypical vitriol spewed about gays from the right over the last few decades.  I know several gun owners that are liberal Democrats including one that owns several AR-15s.  One is gay, so try to pull your head out of your ass and stop hating.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@USPatriot Thanks for the post, USPatriot. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you weighing in.

iluv2skico2
iluv2skico2

@DonkeyHotay OK, then by your lights, congressmen Jessie Jackson Jr and William J. Jefferson are Gun Loons and Reich Wingnuts, eh?  So are Charlie Rangel, who was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee at the time he got caught cheating on his taxes, or Dan Rostenkowski before him.  And who can forget US Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner who cheated on his taxes until he got caught during his confirmation hearings? Or former Senate Majority Leader turned lobbyist Tom Daschle who got caught with over $100,000 in unreported income?  Step away from the keyboard.  I think your mom is calling you upstairs for breakfast.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57572266/coming-to-auction-jesse-jackson-jr.s-ill-gotten-goods/

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/21/jefferson.search/index.html?_s=PM:POLITICS

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/nyregion/17rangel.html?_r=0

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2009-01-19/opinions/36820326_1_tax-specialist-commercial-tax-tax-season

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg3-2009feb03,0,49616.column

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Anyone that makes their own way should be a tax cheat. Only way to even it out.

loobr0ck
loobr0ck

@Mike Milos without question, you are correct sir. Me thinks they may have ripped off an insurance company or two before. Sorry....me knows....

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@lukewhittaker2011 I hope their entire stock is seized and auctioned off.  It'll give some of the customers they've ripped off over the years some satisfaction.

loobr0ck
loobr0ck

Any idea if these people have been arrested yet?  What's the status of the IRS investigation?  Seems quiet for a long time.  Is the store still operating?  Did the Wyatts file 2012 tax returns? 

MisterAK47
MisterAK47

@DonkeyHotay I DON'T USE 'Mind-Altering' drugs like you WEAK Dumbocrat Druggies NEED EVERYDAY to make your miserable lives more bearable !!!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Sorry dude my country also. Thanks for your service.

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