NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — “Duck Dynasty” is getting into the gun business.
The Robertson family-owned Duck Commander has teamed up with firearms manufacturer Mossberg to release their own line of guns.
Mossberg is releasing 12 types of Duck Commander guns, including 9 shotguns, 2 semiautomatic weapons and a pistol.
Mossberg spokeswoman Linda Powell told CNN that they have begun shipping the guns to distributors.
“Duck Dynasty” stars Phil, Willie, Si and Jase Robertson starred in commercials released last month by Mossberg.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. And they’ve been endowed by their Creator of certain unalienable rights. Those are rights that no government can take from you: to live, be free and pursue happiness,” Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family, said in one of the commercials. “You know what makes me happy ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”
The release of the new gun line comes during the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson over his comments about homosexuality in a recent GQ interview.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson told GQ. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
A&E initially suspended Robertson indefinitely for the comments but the suspension only lasted nine days after it was lifted last week.
Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and one of Phil’s sons, told Fox News that everything with the family and A&E are fine.
“We’re just glad to be back to work, and A&E and us are fine,” Willie Robertson said in a live appearance with wife Korie from Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Fox hosts Bill Hemmer and Elizabeth Hasselbeck gave him several chances to address the firestorm surrounding the suspension of his father over anti-gay comments, but without quite ducking the question, Willie Robertson chose not to take the bait either.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It’s a New Year so we’re ready to break in a New Year and start it all over again,” Robertson said. “We’re ready to move on, you know. I think we all learned a lot and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy, and we’re ready to go. I’ve got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls.”
Asked her thoughts on the suspension by Hasselbeck, Korie Robertson took the same conciliatory tone.
“Hey, I’m just glad the family’s all together, the best thing about the show is we get to do it as a family,” she said. “We’re all happy, happy, happy.”
The suspension sparked brought out legions of defenders who felt he was being censored by the network.