Help & Where to Get It: U.S. Import/Export

By Dan Shea

The NFA world is a difficult one (dealing with Title II firearms). The landmines in regulations are frequent; seemingly common sense business decisions can often land a company or individual in trouble when they couldn’t have imagined the danger. The laws are arcane, and the logic paths are twisted. Add in import, export, DDTC, ITAR, AECA-76, GCA-68 and the confusion simply multiplies. I wrote the first edition of the Machine Gun Dealer’s Bible in 1989 because of how many companies and friends were running into confusing laws that were a new focus of government employees; and people were overwhelmed at what they were facing.

Today, as Small Arms Review begins its 20th year, we thought that it might be a good idea to help introduce our readers to a few places where they can get help—legal firms who specialize in the subject matter and have been honest in the dealings we have seen, former regulatory employees who will consult on issues and resources to help guide you and your company before you have trouble (and perhaps help clean up issues that might arise from violations). If you don’t see someone on our lists, it may not mean we consider them untrustworthy, we may simply be unaware of their services or they might be too locally focused for this publication.

Attorneys Handling NFA, Firearms Law, Manufacturing, Import and Export:
Reeves & Dola, LLP
1775 Eye St., NW
Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Phone: +1-202-683-4200

Help for Dealers and Manufacturers:
Chris Chiafullo
244 5th Ave., Suite 1960
New York, NY 10001 USA
Phone: +1-888-335-4731

Firearms Trademarks & Patents:
Ben Langlotz
Phone: +1-888-852-4246

Consulting on Technical Firearms Issues and Laws:
Richard Vasquez
Rick Vasquez Firearms, LLC
Phone: +1-540-535-6633
Email: rick@rickvasquezfirearms.com

Import/Export Customs Brokers and Problem Solvers:
Doors 116–119, 23901 Cargo Dr.
Dulles, VA 20166 USA
Phone: +1-703-471-7444

Import/Export Specialists:
Jason Wong
Hurricane Butterfly Research Corp.
100 Andover Park West
Suite 150 – 105
Tukwila, WA 98188 USA
Phone: +1-253-272-4700


This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N2 (March 2017)
and was posted online on January 27, 2017


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