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We provide recipients of our Blog with key insight for running your manufacturing, distribution or retail firearms business. The Blog is published twice a month. Our trusted firearm industry operations and compliance experts write about the following topics:

  • How to pass an ATF inspection
  • Updates on State laws affecting firearm dealers
  • Tips and Tricks for managing your electronic Bound Book
  • Understanding NFA regulations and selling suppressors
  • Identifying top serial number scanning equipment
  • Learning how ITAR impacts the industry, even for those that don’t export
  • And, much, much more

FBI NICS Announces Enhanced Customer Service

May 17th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert, Industry Blog|Tags: , , , |

On May 17, 2017 FBI NICS announced the following for firearms retailers: In calendar year 2016, the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section experienced the highest volume [...]

FBI NICS Announces 2017 Retailer Day

May 16th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert, Industry Blog|Tags: , , , |

On May 16, 2017 FBI NICS announced the following for firearms retailers: The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) Section would like to personally invite you to [...]

NSSF and Orchid Advisors Exceed Expectations at the 2017 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: |

Last week, Orchid Advisors and NSSF hosted the fourth annual convergence of leading firearm compliance experts, regulators, and FFLs in Arlington, Virginia at the 2017 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference (FICC). For three days, more than 200 [...]

ATF Announces Release of Updated eForm 4473

May 11th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert, Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

ATF Announces Updated eForm 4473  ATF has officially announced the release of the updated eForm 4473.  The updated form incorporates the changes made to the revised ATF Form 4473 that was released in [...]

ATF Form 4473 (Spanish Version) to be Posted in Federal Register for Comment

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert, Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

As you are aware, the new ATF Form 4473 took effect in January of this year.  In order for us [ATF] to offer the revised ATF Form 4473 in a Spanish version, the Office [...]

Retail Panel Will Address ATF’s 2016 Firearm Lost Stolen Report

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert, Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

Tuesday, April 11th, the ATF, the federal agency responsible for investigating instances where firearms are lost or stolen from federal firearms licensees (FFL), released its Calendar Year (CY) 2016 FFL Thefts/Loss Report. (ATF’s news release [...]

Former U.S. Department of State Official Comments on Export Compliance Best Practices

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

Jeff Grody, Executive Director of Orchid Advisors’ Export Services Practice, interviewed former DDTC chief compliance official, Sue Gainor, about export compliance program best practices. The interview provides firearm and ammunition industry executives with her [...]

Fortune 50 UTC Senior Compliance Manager to Join Former DDTC Official for Panel on Export Compliance Best Practices

April 10th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Fortune 50 UTC Senior Compliance Manager to Join Former DDTC Official for Panel on Export Compliance Best Practices Ray Ruthen, Sr. Manager, International Trade Compliance for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, [...]

Top 10 Compliance Concerns & Technology Solutions

April 8th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , , |

Just when you needed it—more industry knowledge and retail know-how. Take your skills to the next level with a free, special session just for firearms industry retailers, coming your way April 10, 2017. [...]

How Can I Improve the Financial Performance of My FFL?

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

On February 24, 2017, we launched a ten-part series dedicated to improving the financial performance of your firearms business. This week, we’ll take the first step in analyzing your Profit & Loss (P&L) statement [...]