I got tired of the show early on. Will Hayden’s antics and the idea that he was “creating” amazing gun designs that were nothing but rehashes from earlier guns got old really quick. But the show was popular and the meme was that he was presenting a nice face to the community.
But as usual, what’s on TV is not as real as they want you to believe. According to TMZ, the Hydens do not have an FFL because they had some trouble back in 2009. That means they were unable to do business prior to the beginning of the show. The way it reads, they probably had bookkepping issues which is not unheard of and that is maybe why they are not serving time in a Fed Pen.
They should have disclosed their lack of FFL from the get go. I see no issue on being upfront plus it does not restrict them from doing their builds since there was a licensed dealer on the premises.