ATF Compliance

NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, offers federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) the opportunity to work with experienced advisors who, as former ATF officials and industry compliance experts, understand what it takes to stay compliant with ATF rules and regulations.

This is how it works. Retailers requiring assistance contact NSSF, which coordinates requests with former ATF compliance officials and industry compliance experts participating in the program. A compliance advisor will then personally visit the retailer to assess its level of ATF compliance, conduct a review of internal controls over firearms and record keeping and train the retailer and staff to help the business to be prepared for an ATF compliance inspection and pass it with flying colors. This service, and other similar services can be accessed through the Premium Retail and Premium Range programs.

Each FFL compliance advisor brings a wealth of experience to the job, having conducted hundreds of firearm retailer compliance inspections.

NSSF has added a number of advisors to its popular retailer compliance program so that more FFLs can take advantage of expert advice and avoid warning conferences, warning letters, fines, license revocations or license non-renewals that often are due to oversights and human errors involving paperwork and inventory and not staying abreast of new regulations. Additionally, we have compiled specific resources to assist retailers in achieving satisfactory compliance.

For more information or to schedule an in-store consultation, please contact Zach Snow, Director, Retail & Range Business Development at 203-426-1320 ext. 224 or via email to


What retailers are saying about their experiences with the advisors:

NSSF FFL Compliance Consultation Program Gets Results

“Fred Gerlach was extremely professional, totally knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend your consultation service on FFL compliance to any FFL holder …” William R.”We all want to thank you for this wonderful program where you helped with the cost of Nick Scouffas coming out to Minnesota to help us and make our company compliant. We feel confident we will be able to improve and be more prepared for a visit from the BATF.” Jill B.

“I know, without a doubt, that our compliance will be tremendously increased during our next (first) ATF visit because of Wally’s time with us.” Jackie G.

“Thanks again for all of your help. (Nick Scouffas was) very thorough and really helped us understand the reasons why many of the regulations are needed. We have received your suggestions and have already started putting them in place and making the necessary changes. The service you provide in conjunction with the NSSF is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.” Ben M.

“Wally fine-tuned our system, reinforced what was good, and made valuable suggestions for improvements.” Robin B.

“Thanks to Harry McCabe! I really appreciate the service you are providing as I did gain a lot of valuable knowledge from your visit. Every FFL holder in the country should be taking advantage of these visits if they care about their business – it is truly a no-brainer! I feel extremely fortunate to have access to someone of your caliber to help keep my business in compliance with ATF. I hope you will continue your consulting work for many years and I look forward to our next visit!” Rick J.