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

2017 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

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 individuals representing over 100 companies engaged in 26 discussions about the future of compliance for Federal Firearms Licensees. Multiple repeat attendees regard the FICC as a one-of-a-kind industry event, reporting that this year’s conference exceeded their expectations for learning, networking and regulatory agency interaction.

CEO of Orchid Advisors, Jon Rydberg states, We are very fortunate that the Federal Agencies which regulate our industry, including the ATF, NICS and DDTC, continue to spend one-on-one time with Federal Firearms Licensees. Additionally, we are proud to continue our co-sponsorship with the industry’s trade association, NSSF, and its leaders Steve Sanetti, Larry Keane and Hugh Wiley. NSSF continues to provide FFLs across the nation with best-in-class service and representation.

Updates from ATF Headquarters – Panel Discussion

(Right to Left) Jon Rydberg, Marvin Richardson, Curtis Gilbert, Andy Graham, Alphonso Hughes, Krissy Carlson and Earl Griffith

With more than thirty attendees from ATF, FBI NICS, and DDTC, FICC attendees engaged directly with top regulators on topics including NFA manufacturing, distribution and sales, ATF Inspections, ITAR, and the potential industry impact from recent Executive Orders.

This year’s event went above and beyond the norm, featuring U.S. Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) who participated in The Coming Storm and the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce session alongside Larry Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NSSF, Daniel Wilson, Maynard Cooper, and Jon Neiman, Maynard Cooper.

(Right to Left) U.S. Senator Luther Strange, NSSF’s Larry Keane, and Maynard Cooper’s Daniel Wilson and John Neiman

Candace Goforth, Goforth Trade Advisors, Raymond Ruthen, Pratt & Whitney, joined Orchid Advisors’ Jeff Grody and Jordan Young, to describe industry best practices for export compliance.


(Right to Left) Jordan Young, Jeff Grody, Raymond Ruthen and Candace Goforth

2017 FICC attendees enjoyed two deep-dive sessions on NFA products, regulations, the Hearing Protection Act and suppressors.

Almost four hours of conference time was dedicated to NFA issues in sessions delivered by Alphonso Hughes, NFA Division Chief – ATF, Stephen Halbrook, Attorney at Law, and Travis Glover, Orchid Advisors Executive Director & American Suppressor Association Board Member.

Orchid Advisors and NSSF would like to extend a sincere thank you to our esteemed guests and speakers, and to the regulators who joined us for making the 2017 FICC our most innovative and informative conference to date.  We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in 2018!

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.

About Orchid Advisors

Orchid Advisors is the trusted operations and compliance firm. Our clients seek profitable growth while maintaining compliance with ATF, ITAR / Export, and State regulations. We are nationally recognized for improving the manufacture, distribution, or sale of regulated products. The firm offers unique capabilities in the control of serialized inventory and regulated business software. Its subsidiary, FFLBizHub provides federal firearms licensees online, subscription services including: eA&D, eForms, regulatory updates, video training, and serialized inventory management tools. Orchid Advisors’ services are endorsed by top industry trade associations including the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) Business Alliance.  For more information, visit www.orchidadvisors.com.