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Virtual symposium for FFL's. Beaucoups authoritative speakers. Most-valuable info.

If you are an FFL you should check this out. Not seen elsewhere in the industry: real-deal experts speaking on regulatory/compliance requirements and issues, marketing, state of the industry, everything you need to know to keep your business safe and up to date. FFL Guard presenting, need not be a member to have access. Membership is via annual fee; to be honest I'm thinking the non-member symposium fee of $99 could be the best $99 an FFL ever spent. ATF puts on seminars and to attend one you would have much more invested for much less infor and less reliable info, and a much narrower scope. This symposium you attend from your own seat with your own coffee. Speakers for this event include former ATF who are very much dedicated to protecting FFL's, gun owners, and the Second Amendment. Heavy-hitters from the industry will be offering their experiences and advice. The below into is long but at the very least scroll down to the list of speakers. Note this (copied from below): This year’s event is also powered by support from notable, industry leaders such as EPICOR, BRINK’S, HECKLER & KOCH, IWI, CELERANT, AXIS, LIPSEY’S, GUNS.COM, SILENCER SHOP and TRIDENT 1.

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PDF of 2021 FFLGuard Symposium Press Release

FFLGuard Adds Online Sales Speakers from, Primary Arms, Lipsey’s,
Frog Bones Family Shooting Center and
Second Amendment Sports
The 2021 FFLGuard Symposium
Begins June 2, 2021
Clients-Only Meeting – Educational Seminars – Peer Insights – Breakout Sessions

FFLGuard – known throughout the firearms industry as the gold standard for legal services, compliance solutions, and technology guidance – is proud to present a virtual, multi-day symposium beginning on June 2nd highlighted by its 13th Annual Clients-Only Meeting. For the first time, FFLGuard will invite EVERY federal firearms licensee (FFL) to its yearly proceedings by adding an unprecedented line-up of “thought leadership” presentations and seminars delivered by firearms industry experts.

With speakers already scheduled from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the National Rifle Association (NRA), the American Suppressor Association (ASA), the National Association of Sporting Good Wholesalers (NASGW), and many other firearms organizations, FFLGuard is happy announce the additions of Steve Urvan (former CEO of, Marshall Lerner (Owner of Primary Arms and GIR Software Services), Matt Janes (former owner of Second Amendment Sports in AZ & CA), and Scott Duet (Compliance Manager at Lipsey’s) to the already packed slate of speakers!

Headlined by strategic partnerships with Gearfire and FastBound, this re-imagination of the traditional firearms industry symposium delivers a flexible, schedule-friendly, cost-effective event for FFLGuard clients and non-clients alike. Any FFL, as well as their entire staff, can attend FFLGuard’s multi-day, virtual symposium to gain unmatched knowledge of firearms law and compliance, input into FFL specific operational challenges, and insights around cutting-edge firearms technology utilized by business leaders in the industry for less than $99 per organization… and at ZERO COST to FFLGuard clients!

EVERY FFL – whether an FFLGuard client or not – will have the unique opportunity to interact with the experts from speakers from the above-listed organizations, right from the comfort and safety of home and without interfering with work schedules or personal life. In addition, an array of firearms business trailblazers across the nation will be available to talk after their sessions as they share their personal playbooks for success.
Confirmed symposium speakers include:

Leadership of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)

Office of the Director (Acting ATF Director and/or Deputy Director)
Alphonso Hughes (Assistant Director, Enforcement Programs and Services (EPS))
Tom Chittum (Assistant Director, Field Operations (FO))
Megan Bennett (Deputy Assistant Director (Industry Operations), FO)
Andy Graham (Deputy Assistant Director, EPS)
Marianna Mitchem (Chief, Firearms and Explosives Services Division)
Earl Griffith (Chief, Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division)
Steve Rosenthal (Chief, National Firearms Act Division)
James Vann, Esq. (Associate Chief Counsel, Firearms and Explosives Law Division)

Chris Chiafullo (National Coordinating Counsel, FFLGuard) (Chair, Law and Compliance Track)
Alexis Tunell (Chief Strategy Officer, Gearfire) (Chair, Technology Track)
Hank Yacek (CEO, Point of Impact, LLC and current FFLGuard Subject Matter Expert) (Chair, Business Operations Track)
Michael Bouchard (Former Assistant Director – ATF, and current FFLGuard Subject Matter Expert)
Rick Vasquez (Former Acting Chief, Firearms Technology Branch – ATF and current FFLGuard Subject Matter Expert)
Chuck D. Michel, Esq. (Partner, Michel & Associates)
Larry Keane, Esq. (SVP and General Counsel, NSSF)
Chris Conte, Esq. (Litigation Counsel, NRA)
Stephen Halbrook, Esq. (Noted Attorney and Second Amendment Scholar)
John and Chris Renzulli, Esqs. (Partners, Renzulli Law Firm)
Scott Allan, Esq. (Senior Associate, Renzulli Law Firm and current FFLGuard HelpDesk Subject Matter Expert)
Owen Miller (Director of Outreach, ASA)
Kenyon Gleason (President, NASGW)
Jason Smith (CEO, FastBound)
Jarad Haselton (COO, FastBound)
JW Shultz (CEO, GearFire)
Chad Seaverns (COO, Gearfire)
Sam Kirkland (National Business Development Strategist, EPICOR)
Steve Urvan (Outgoing CEO,
Jeff Perry (Director of Firearms, Equipment and Regulatory Compliance, Brink’s)
Jake Newbold (Former Navy SEAL and CEO/President, Trident1)
Jamison Collins (VP of Sales, Trident1)
Brandon Maddox (CEO, Dakota Silencer and FFL 1-2-3)
Richard Sprague (Owner, Sprague’s Sports in Yuma, AZ)
Laurie Aronson (President, Lipsey’s)
John Whitehall (CEO, Sandler Training)
Jeff Tesch (Director of Business Development,
Mark Finnerty (Principal, DL Exports)
Ismail Amin, Esq. (Partner, The Amin Law Group)
Trent Yager (Principal, Firearms Insurance Agents)
Doug VanderWoude (Managing Director, Range Systems)
Bob Aronson (Chief Revenue Officer and ERP Specialist, Cre8tive LLC)
Joe Chiarello (Principal, Joseph Chiarello & Co. Insurance Agency)
Jerry Rivera (Former NYPD Detective 2d Grade – Computer Crimes Division, Current CEO of Trident Blue Investigations)
Johannes Wolber (Director of Licensing and Procurement, Heckler & Koch)
Travis Glover (VP of Business Development and Sales, Silencer Shop)
Matt Janes (former Owner, Second Amendment Sports in AZ & CA)
Marshall Lerner (Owner, Primary Arms and GIR Software Services)
Scott Duet (Compliance Manager, Lipsey’s)
Ethan Sansoni (General Manager, Frog Bones Family Shooting Center)

The Agenda for the Symposium is as follows:

June 2, 2021
(9:30am) Welcome Kick-Off (RECORDED: 15 minutes)(Chris Chiafullo)
(9:45am) Keynote Address (RECORDED: 30 minutes)(TBA)
(10:30am) ATF Discussions Hosted By Chris Chiafullo, Hank Yacek and Alexis Tunell

A View from the Top: ATF Executive Overview and Q&A (1 hour)
ATF Roundtable (LIVE: 45 minutes)

(1pm) State of the Firearms Industry from the Legal Experts (1 hour) (Chiafullo, Keane, Conte, Michel, Halbrook, Renzulli, Bouchard)
(2pm) Non-FFLGuard Client Sub-Track (2 hours)

Intro to FFLGuard for Non-Clients (30 minutes, Chris Chiafullo)
Value of NSSF and Synergies with FFLGuard (30 minutes, Chris Chiafullo & John McNamara)
NSSF Public Service Announcement 1 (Don’t Lie For the Other Guy)
NSSF Public Service Announcement 2 (Suicide Prevention)
NSSF Public Service Announcement 3 (TBD)

Available to FFLGuard Clients Only (LIVE)
(2pm)Clients-Only FFLGuard Meeting Sub-Track Hosted by C. Chiafullo (LIVE: 2 hours)

What You Should Be Getting From Your FFLGuard Participation

The Year in Review: Statistics and Notable FFLGuard Happenings
Ask the Experts – Q&A

June 3, 2021
(9:30am EDT)eForms, NFA FAQs and common errors, and firearm classification process (ATF, Chiafullo, Vasquez, Wolbler) (LIVE: 45 Minutes)

(10:45 EDT)Know the New F4473 Inside and Out/The Compliance Inspection Process/FFL Theft Prevention/Straw Purchase Indicators (ATF, Chiafullo, Bouchard, Perry) (LIVE: 60 Minutes)

Available to ALL ATTENDEES Beginning at NOON EDT
Track 1 (Law and Compliance) (Chris Chiafullo, Chair)

NFA Headline Issues with Silencers (Maddox, Vasquez, Duet, Miller)
NFA Headline Issues with Arm Braces, Bump Stocks, 80% Lowers and More (Vasquez, Wolbler, Duet)
PLCAA by the Professionals (J. Renzulli, C. Renzulli, Keane)
“Best-In-Class” Mastery of ATF Inspections (C. Chiafullo, B. Chiafullo, )
Intellectual Property, Asset Protection and How They Affect Firearms Businesses (Amin)
ITAR and EAR Concerns (Finnerty)
Understanding State and Federal Law Nuances (S. Allan, Michel)
All Things California (Michel & Associates)

Track 2 (Business Operations) (Hank Yacek, Chair)

Money Matters (JW Shultz)
Insurance Issues (Trent Yager, Joe Chiarello)
Range Operations (Doug VanderWoulde)
Operational Security, Inside and Out (Mike Bouchard, Jeff Perry)
Power of a Performance Group (R. Sprague)
Using Assessments to Maximize Employee Potential and Output (Whitehall)
Supply Chain Changes and Concerns in 2021 (Aronson, Gleason)
Selling Your FFL Business at Maximum Profit (Matt Janes, Steve Urvan)
Marketing Your Business Online and In-store (Gearfire)

Track 3 (Technology) (Alexis Tunell, Chair)

The Need for and Proper Use of an eA&D/e4473 by Retailers (B. Chiafullo, J. Smith, J. Hasselton)
Selecting the Best Digital Bound Book for Non-Retail Operations (A. Tunell)
Powerful Deployment of eMarketing & eCommerce Platforms (A. Tunell, C. Seaverns)
Mastering Online Gun Sales (E. Sansoni, J. Tesch)
Effective Implementation of an ERP (M. Lerner, R. Aronson)
Four Pillars of Technology to Support Retail through Cash Flow Management, Employee Productivity, Customer Engagement and Business Vision (S. Kirkland)
How the Right POS System Drives Business (J. Newbold, J. Collins)
Practical Use of APIs (J. Smith, J. Haselton)
Safeguarding Your Information and Insuring that Contractors / Employees / Competitors Don't Steal Your Data and Intellectual Property (C. Chiafullo, J. Rivera, JW Shultz, S. Urvan)

June 4-6, 2021
All sessions in Tracks 1, 2 and 3 will be available on demand 24/7.
June 7-11, 2021
Virtual breakout sessions with speakers from Tracks 1, 2, and 3 will be held via scheduled Zoom conferences.

This year’s event is also powered by support from notable, industry leaders such as EPICOR, BRINK’S, HECKLER & KOCH, IWI, CELERANT, AXIS, LIPSEY’S, GUNS.COM, SILENCER SHOP and TRIDENT 1. Best of all, participation in this one-of-a-kind, dynamic learning experience is unquestionably affordable. This year, there’s no need for any FFL to waste hard-earned dollars at other conferences that are saddled with exorbitant participation fees, additional travel expenses, potential scheduling conflicts, repetitive material, unabashed sales-pitches, and possible public heath risks, all jeopardizing the attendees’ well-being and budget.
FFLGuard has been, and will continue to be, the industry leader in the field.

Registration for the 2021 FFLGuard Symposium is open at both and right from the home page on

For more information on the FFLGuard visit or call 888-335-4731 or email

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