Orchid Announces 2021 FICC Scheduled and Confirms ATF and FBI Attendance
Orchid LLC and Williams Mullen’s Firearms Industry Group announce the 2021 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference and participation from agency personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) and the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (“NICS”) division, amongst others. The conference will be held on June 8 – 9th, 2021, in Orlando, Florida, at the beautiful Westgate Lakes Resort. Advance registration is scheduled to open in the coming weeks, but attendees may indicate their interest and opine on desired topics using the comment form on the 2021 FICC registration page.
Due to the ensuing pandemic and the growth of public interest in online, remote distance learning, Orchid, Williams Mullen, and its guest speakers have made arrangements for a combined in-person and distance-learning platform. Additional details regarding the format of the event and COVID-safe practices will be provided later this year. The event hosts are happy to report its first sponsor from 4473 Cloud LLC and additional support from one of its initial speakers, the American Suppressor Association (“ASA”).
Shaun Phelan, Orchid LLC. VP of Sales & Marketing said, “We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of NICS checks over the last six months, with almost 5 million new shooters joining us. The demand for FFL / SOT licensing, firearm manufacturing, and online / in-store consumer sales has spiked. Concurrently, these business activities are being supported by more and more technology that can automate (or hinder) ATF, import and export compliance, not to mention state-level regulations. Orchid and Williams Mullen specialize in firearm law, FFL technology, and compliance and are pleased to bring back this platform to the shooting sports industry.”
Notable features of the 2021 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference include:
- Sessions targeted at startup, growing, and mature companies who manufacture, import, export, distribute, or sell firearms.
- One-on-one access to FBI NICS and several ATF Deputy Assistant Directors and Division Chiefs who manage ATF inspections, NFA, firearms technology, and more.
- Enhanced focus on POS / ERP technology, FFL software, FFL operations, and focal areas such as firearm eCommerce and shooting ranges.
- A keynote session from an industry legend that will inspire you to achieve your goals.
- Detailed instruction on Form 4473, NFA Forms, Electronic Bound Book, and ATF eForms technology and guidance on developing Firearms ITAR / Export compliance programs.
“The firearms industry is constantly evolving with new laws, the increased reliance on e-commerce, the critical need for financing, and an increase in venture capital investments, and these factors have increased dramatically in 2020,” said Camden Webb, Partner and Firearms Industry Group Leader at Williams Mullen. “We are thrilled to partner with Orchid LLC and to co-host this informative event that will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to navigate the dynamic world of firearms law.”
An online destination for the 2021 FICC has been created at orchidadvisors.com, which includes a content submission form for special request topics relating to licensing, compliance, legal matters, software, or pertaining to the federal agencies. While not all submissions will be included, every request will be given fair consideration with respect to the broader population of attendees.