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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
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How Can I Improve the Financial Performance of my Firearms Business?

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

Part 1 - Self Assessment (Strategy & Operations) Orchid Advisors' Practice Areas: At the most basic level, like all for-profit organizations, firearm manufacturers, distributors and dealers exist to make money for their owners. Ownership [...]

How Are Suppressors Impacted by The Hearing Protection Act?

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , , |

On January 9, 2017 House Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) and Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act (“HPA”), H.R. 367 and S. [...]

How Does Trump Affect Marijuana, Firearms and the ATF Form 4473?

February 9th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|Tags: , |

On January 20, 2017, President Trump was sworn into office. Amongst many ambitious plans to “Make America Great Again” there is still some uncertainty as to the future legality of marijuana, at least at the Federal [...]

ATF Launches Firearm Robbery fflAlert System and Loss Prevention Guidance

January 16th, 2017|Categories: Advisory Alert|

On January 23, ATF will deploy “fflAlert” to inform Type 01 and Type 02 licensees of a robbery or burglary in their area. The alerts will be sent to business telephones between 9am and 5pm [...]

Gemini Southern Forms Partnership with Orchid Advisors

January 13th, 2017|Categories: Industry Blog|

Hartford, CT / January 13, 2017 --- Merchant bank Gemini Southern announced today that it has formed a partnership with Orchid Advisors to provide corporate finance and strategic solutions to the greater outdoor industry, with [...]

New Guide: Facilitating Private Sales – A Federal Firearms Licensees Guide

November 18th, 2016|Categories: Advisory Alert|Tags: , |

On November 16, 2016, the ATF released the following announcement: "We’ve put together this guide to educate Federal Firearms licensees (FFls) on how to facilitate private party sales of firearms. When individuals decide to use [...]

ATF Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record (Form 4473) Has Been Revised

November 15th, 2016|Categories: Advisory Alert|

  On November 14, 2016, the ATF released the following announcement: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES ATF Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record (Form 4473) has been revised. This letter highlights the significant changes [...]

Orchid Advisors Announces Firearms Operations and Strategy Conference

November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Industry Blog|

Orchid Advisors, the Firearm Industry’s Trusted Compliance & Operations Experts announces the launch of an annual operations and strategy conference. The inaugural event will be held August 17 – 18, 2017 at the Marriott Copley [...]

NSSF Partners with Orchid Advisors, Epicor, and NASGW on Firearms Retail Development Program

October 18th, 2016|Categories: Industry Blog|

NEWTOWN, Conn.— The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry’s trade association, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Orchid Advisors, Epicor Software Corporation and the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers [...]

Nitrocellulose Update – Addendum to August 31 Newsletter & ATF launches Reportit® App

September 16th, 2016|Categories: Advisory Alert|Tags: |

Nitrocellulose Update - Addendum to August 31 Newsletter ATF’s June 2016 Explosives Industry Newsletter included a brief discussion of Nitrocellulose, and attempted to clarify the circumstances under which wetted Nitrocellulose is considered a high explosive under [...]