HARTFORD, CT (March 3, 2022) – Orchid and Williams Mullen’s Firearms Industry Group announce import/export professionals and federal agency personnel will navigate global firearms trade and compliance at the 2022 Firearms Industry Conference (FIC), to be held in Atlanta on April 25–27. Professionals will lead educational sessions designed to fill knowledge and capability gaps regarding import licensing, importable firearms, ammunition and components, U.S. export control and management, and export authorization compliance concerns.
“We understand licensing, trade regulations and classification processes can be complex and intimidating subjects without a comprehensive knowledge of global trade,” said Phil Milks, Orchid VP and Lead Attorney at FFL Law. “FIC provides a stage for industry professionals and agency subject matter experts to educate FFLs and assist them in successfully navigating import and export mechanics while maintaining compliance.”
Attending import/export professionals and FIC 2022 sessions include:
- ATF executives, Division Chiefs and subject matter experts
- Jeff Bond, Deputy Division Chief, Nuclear Missile Technology Division, BIS
- Tim Mooney, Sr. Analyst, Office of Exporter Services, BIS
- Dilan Wickrema, Senior Analyst, DDTC Policy
- Additional BIS & DDTC Licensing officers
- Phil Milks, VP, Orchid & Lead Attorney, FFL Law
- Jason Knowles, Director of Export Services, Orchid
- Understanding ATF Import License, Form 6 & 6a
- Proper Marking of a Firearm
FIC Workshops & Conference
- Firearms and Ammunition U.S. Export Mechanics
- Firearms, Ammunition & Component Importation
- Firearms and Ammunition Export Authorization Strategy
“When armed with the right guidance and tools to work through U.S. regulatory complexities, international trade can open untapped markets, sales and business development for manufacturers, distributors and retailers,” said Orchid’s Director of Export Services, Jason Knowles. “This year’s import and export-focused conference sessions are a great opportunity for FFLs with interest in international involvement or ongoing global trade efforts to learn how to avoid the risk of adverse government attention.”
The 2022 FIC event will be held April 21–27, beginning with a new, two-day virtual educational series, FIC On-Air™. The conference will continue in-person with pre-con FIC workshops on April 25, followed by the main event.
Registration and sponsorships for FIC 2022 are open now at orchidadvisors.com/FIC. A portion of all ticket sales and sponsorships will be donated to Project ChildSafe.
About Orchid LLC
Orchid LLC and its family of companies, including partner firm FFL Law, have been offering business software, firearms-friendly payments, and legal and regulatory services to the shooting sports industry for over a decade. With powerful POS, ecommerce, ERP and Bound Book solutions, as well as expert knowledge of ATF, import/export and state-level regulations, Orchid helps FFLs profitably manufacture, distribute and sell firearms with great efficiency and the utmost compliance. Get started today at orchidadvisors.com.
About Williams Mullen
Williams Mullen is a regional, full-service law firm with offices across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The firm’s Firearms Industry Group helps industry members navigate legal issues from regulatory compliance to e-commerce development, financing needs and interest from the venture capital world. In addition, Williams Mullen attorneys provide advice and counsel in matters involving Import/Export Controls, White Collar & Investigations, Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Employment Law, Government Contracting and legal aspects of social media marketing. Learn how Williams Mullen can assist your company at williamsmullen.com.
About Project ChildSafe
NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 40 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. For more information, visit projectchildsafe.org.
CEO, Orchid LLC