CMT stands behind controversial ‘Guntucky’
By Christa Richie April 24, 2013 4:04PM
Three generations of the Sumner family star in the CMT reality show “Guntucky.”
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:30PM
Long before Chad Sumner was old enough to walk and talk, he was hanging out at his family’s gun range in Bullitt County, Ky. He has the photos to prove it.
“There are pictures of me at the Machine Gun Shoot in a crib inside the office. I’ve never missed a shoot. I didn’t have a pacifier. I was sucking on bullets,” he joked.
“So that explains what happened to him,” his uncle, Steven Sumner, cracked after hearing his nephew’s disclosure on a recent afternoon.
Now Chad, 30, and Steven, 54, along with other members of the Sumner family, are bringing their colorful personalities to the small screen as the stars of a new reality TV show.
“Guntucky” (8 p.m. Sundays on CMT) follows the group on its adventures at the Knob Creek Gun Range, which has been in the Sumner family for four generations and is led by owner “Gran-pa” Biff Sumner Jr., who also owns Biff’s Gun World.
The range is known for its bi-annual Machine Gun Shoot & Military Show, the event to which Chad Sumner was referring when he said he hadn’t missed one since birth.
The Sumners filmed 10 episodes for the reality show in summer. The majority take place at the 350-yard outdoor range where people can shoot an array of legal firearms — from cannons to rare collectibles.
The premiere of “Guntucky,” which originally was set for Jan. 26, was put on hold until April 21 in the wake of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Although the show was shot before the tragedy, CMT executives said at the time of the postponement that they were delaying the premiere out of respect to those killed, but that they still stood behind the show “100 percent.”
David George, one of the executive producers of “Guntucky” and the executive vice president of programming for Leftfield Pictures (also the producers of the hit series “Pawn Stars”), said that although guns are an especially controversial subject these days, “I think people will see through all of the guns and really see that this is about the family.”
Gannett News Service