IRS raids Gunsmoke gun shop, store formerly featured in reality TV show 'American Guns' on Discovery

12 handguns, 2 rifles stolen in Feb. 27 burglary

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - The former reality TV gun store in Wheat Ridge that was recently burglarized is now under investigation by federal authorities.

IRS agents raided Gunsmoke Guns on Friday as part of an ongoing financial investigation, said Bryan Thiel, a spokesman for the IRS.

The agents were on scene to execute a court-ordered search warrant, Thiel explained.

Thiel did not disclose the nature of the financial investigation and said the United States District Attorney's office is handling the case.

The gun shop was closed on Friday.

The store and its owners were featured on "American Guns," a reality show which aired on the Discovery Channel. The show has since been canceled, and critics say it  was part of the fallout from the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn.

During a Feb. 27 burglary, thieves took 12 handguns and three rifles from the store. Investigators say the burglars had gotten in through a hole in the roof and had tripped a silent alarm around 4:12 a.m.

Wheat Ridge police have not released a description of the thieves but did say they believe more than one person was involved.

A silver two-door car was seen leaving the gun shop parking lot at the time of the burglary,  Wheat Ridge police say.

Gunsmoke Guns' website says the shop is one of the premiere firearms facilities in the world.

The store is owned by Rich and Renee Wyatt. They buy, sell and trade guns from hand cannons to hunting rifles. Their website also says they can also build a gun from a block of metal.

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