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03.04.2022 Firm News

Import/Export Professionals to Navigate Global Firearms Trade & Compliance at FIC 2022

Williams Mullen’s Firearms Industry Group and Orchid LLC 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.

Attending import/export professionals and FIC 2022 sessions include:

Import/Export Professionals

  • 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
  • Christopher Skinner, International Trade and Business Attorney, Williams Mullen
  • Phil Milks, VP, Orchid & Lead Attorney, FFL Law
  • Jason Knowles, Director of Export Services, Orchid

FIC On-Air™

  • 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 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

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