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Legally Armed: V22N1

By Teresa G. Ficaretta, Esq. & Johanna Reeves, Esq.

16th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference—Getting Better Every Year

The F.A.I.R. Trade Group and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) exceeded all expectations with the 16th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference. The conference was held August 2-4, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, and was attended by over 300 industry members, attorneys, consultants and government representatives.

I. August 2 Optional Add-on Sessions

Two optional add-on sessions were offered to attendees. The first session, “The Ins and Outs of Export Documentation” was presented by NSSF consultant Kim Pritula. The second session, “ITAR Agreements, How to Prepare Applications, Amendments, and Implement Approvals” was presented by attorneys Johanna Reeves and Katherine Heubert, both from the law firm Reeves & Dola, LLP. The seminar structure of these sessions provided registrants a valuable opportunity to dive into compliance fundamentals in a smaller-group atmosphere. Both sessions received high praise from attendees, and conference representatives have confirmed next-year’s conference will include optional add-on sessions again, although the topics have not yet been decided.

II. August 3 Presentations

Federal Search Warrants and Regulatory Site Visits—Know the Difference

The first full day of the session began with the presentation, “Federal Search Warrants and Regulatory Site Visits–Know the Difference.” The presenters were attorneys Jeff Beatrice, from the DC office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Teresa Ficaretta from the DC law firm Reeves & Dola. Mr. Beatrice outlined the tools federal agencies use in conducting criminal investigations, including interviews, grand jury subpoenas and criminal search warrants. He gave tips for conduct during execution of a search warrant and recommendations for answering questions and putting things in writing. Ms. Ficaretta gave a presentation on ATF regulatory compliance inspections, covering ATF’s authority to conduct warrantless inspections, how to prepare for an inspection and what to expect when ATF representatives arrive at the licensed premises. She also outlined sanctions ATF may impose on licensees who fail to conduct their businesses in compliance with the law.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

The second presenter was Ms. Kelly Murray, Deputy Branch Chief, Compliance, from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ms....

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N1 (January 2018)
and was posted online on November 17, 2017

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