May 16-18, 2018 • Intercontinental St. Paul • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


About the Conference

The Firearms Industry Compliance Conference (FICC) is the only conference in the industry focused on collaborative discussions among legal, compliance, operations, technology, and government regulatory professionals. This industry-only event provides attendees an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the newest regulations and technologies and how to manage your compliance objectives while keeping an eye on business goals.

Registration Fee
Registration close date: May 14, 2018
NSSF Members
(Save $50 on Conference Registration)
Non-NSSF Members $699
Pre-Conference Workshops $199

Conference is the first and only conference whose underlying purpose is to advance holistic industry initiatives and includes all FFL and business types – Manufacturers, Dealers, Importers, Wholesalers, Distributors, and even Freight companies and 2nd tier Suppliers.

Join accomplished industry experts to discuss the intersection of legislation, regulation, and compliance, with that of operations, logistics, and technology, and learn how to meet your objectives.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in nearly 20 break-out sessions focused such topics as: best-in-class laser and barcode scanning technology, serial number control, modern day ERP systems, and supporting compliance tools.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Three Pre-Conference Sessions are held on the day before of each Firearms Industry Compliance Conference. They are expansive, 2.5 hour learning tracks that provide FFLs and SOTs with a deep level of understanding on a given topic. Courses are delivered by a cross section of Federal Regulatory Agencies (e.g,. ATF), Orchid Advisors / NSSF experts and industry FFL members. These courses fill up the fastest – so get a seat while you can. 

  1. NFA Compliance, Regulations and Forms from A to Z
    Universal, 2:00 – 4:30, May 16

    The most attended session of the 2017 FICC was delivered by Alphoso Hughes, Chief of the NFA Division. This year, we hope to deliver the same valued content to a large room full of interested FFLs and SOTs who want a deeper look into NRA regulations, Forms and the status of the recent “suppressor surges.” This is a two-and-a-half hour sessions that provides deep learning on everything NFA – From A to Z.Speaker: Alphonso Hughes, ATF; Phil Milks, Orchid Advisors

  2. An Immersion Course into the World of Firearms Compliance (ATF, Import / Export, State, NFA)
    Small FFL; Startups and New Hires, 2:00 – 4:30, May 16

    A Focused Session That Will Teach You Exactly Which Regs Apply and What They MeanAre you a new FFL / SOT?  Or, do you have new employees who function in an role that is touched by firearm regulations? If so, then this course is for you. It is a focusses session that walks manufacturers, distributors, import / exporters and retails through the world of firearms compliance. Included in the session will be an overview of pertinent ATF, State, Import / Export regulations, NFA firearms, licensing and forms, electronic record keeping technology and preparing for ATF inspections.

  3. Creating Manufacturing ERP System Controls That Drive Firearm Compliance
    Large FFL, 2:00 – 4:30, May 16

    If you run a high volume, repetitive firearm manufacturing operation, manage compliance or responsible for integrating business and regulatory software – this is your session. We will take a deep dive – advanced – discussion about firearm Research & Development, Laser Marking, Shop Floor Control (including SN tracking), and many other business processes that impact ATF, State and Import / Export compliance.Speaker: Jon Rydberg, Orchid Advisors

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

Our Mission Statement
To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.

10 Reasons to Join NSSF
As the firearms industry’s trade association, NSSF is working day in and day out to promote, protect and preserve our industry and our sports. There are many reasons to join NSSF. Here are 10 of them.

About Orchid Advisors

Orchid Advisors assists firearms manufacturers, distributors and retailers in achieving compliance and operational excellence through education, technology, software and consulting solutions that reduce risk, cut costs, and provide expert guidance to make our client’s business more successful and efficient.Our unique methodology provides process, technology and internal control solutions that achieve all three objectives at once. Our consultants derive their expertise from years served in Fortune 500, Federal Government, Global Business Consulting and Legal environments. Orchid Advisors is the only compliance consulting firm endorsed by the NSSF.

Industry Services & Expertise

  • ATF, Regulatory Compliance Advice
  • ATF Inspection Readiness / Mock Inspections
  • Firearms Export / Import Compliance and Licensing
  • Electronic A&D and Compliance Software
  • FFL Compliance & Business Training (Online or In-Person)
  • Firearm Industry Compliance Events
  • Business & Technology Optimization (ERP, WMS, POS)
  • FFL Launch and Growth Services