We advise firearms
manufacturers, distributors, and retailers on day-to-day ATF and other
regulatory compliance matters, including recordkeeping, notice, and reporting
Our gun business lawyers know the Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act (“NFA”), and the regulations issued and enforced by ATF. We advise our clients day-to-day on issues related to firearms transaction records and acquisition and disposition records. We also advise our clients regarding their notice and reporting obligations regarding stolen and missing firearms and amendments to their FFL, FEL, or FEP, including changes of ownership and control, adding or removing responsible persons, and changing premises locations.
Our gun business lawyers also have expertise advising firearms manufacturers on tax matters regulated by the U.S. Department of Treasury Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) and firearms industry businesses on their obligations to register with the U.S. State Department under its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). Many companies do not realize that they are obligated to register under ITAR, even if they do not import or export products and even if they manufacture products that have only an indirect application in the arms and munitions industries. However, ITAR compliance is essential and the failure to properly register can result in significant fines and penalties and impede contracts with the government and private customers and vendors.
Our gun business lawyers regularly petition ATF, TTB, and the State Department for determinations regarding our clients’ compliance obligations. That process allows us to determine exactly what those compliance obligations are, avoiding confusion and unnecessary administrative burden and expense.
Our firm prices legal services competitively and is flexible with fee arrangements. We work with clients to identify the cost of the services they need (tailoring that cost to the relative complexity of services) and identify the best fee arrangement for the client.