Operating a shooting sports business requires a deep understanding of state regulations and the nine federal license types. Orchid is the only company to provide integrate these regulations with industry-specific payment processing, software and compliance services.

Firearm Manufacturing

In my capacity as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a firearm company, I have had the privilege to work with Orchid Advisors since its inception. Orchid’s subject matter expertise makes them a valuable resource. Orchid’s focus on client service, and ability to work seamlessly with my teams to operationalize my firearms compliance objectives at a reasonable cost, has made them my ‘go to’ business partner.

— Robert J. Cicero, Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary,
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

Do you face these challenges?

Large firearm manufactures typically looking for solutions to the following challenges hire Orchid Advisors:

  • Holistic ATF compliance and operations enhancement
  • Serialization of higher than expected Theft / Loss
  • Implementation or optimization of electronic A&D books
  • Blueprinting compliance requirements for ERP upgrades
  • Laser, scanner 1D/2D barcode applications
  • Annual process/system compliance evaluations
  • Benchmarking performance against their peers
  • Aligning federal, state and international laws to products
  • Design and execute best-in-class serial number inventories

How we help.

Our solutions includes the following:

  • Electronic bound book, e4473 and ATF eForms
  • FFL / SOT License applications and dissolution
  • Firearms import / export strategy and licensing
  • Online and in-person education for all employees
  • ATF and export compliance programs
  • ATF inspection preparation and remediation
  • On-Call federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Firearm industry business systems and inventory management

Orchid Serves All FFL Types

We serve all FFL types, including large firearm manufacturers.  Optimizing your FFL license can reduce your compliance risk and increase your profits.  Complex federal and state regulations pose a threat to your business objectives:

  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Profitability
  • Compliance

Our services focus on the operating principles that simultaneously address all three objectives. We optimize your ERP solution and implement process and data controls that uncover hidden compliance issues while reducing waste. Your executive team requires visibility to run the business and operate a profitable and compliant supply chain.

These services are specifically designed for ATF Federal Firearms Licenses holders that produce both NFA (Title II) and GCA (Title I) firearms.

Component Manufacturing

Orchid Advisors has been instrumental in creating an in-house export program here at LaRue Tactical. In only a matter of weeks, I was filing my first export license with ease and guiding my team with confidence. Orchid is always available to share its experience and patiently answer all of our questions. Orchid has consistently gone above and beyond for us. Orchid Advisors is a great asset to our growing company and I cannot recommend them enough to our colleagues in the firearm industry.
-Sam LaRue, General Counsel, LaRue Tactical

Do you face these challenges?

We often receive phone calls and inquiries from organizations just like yours with questions such as:

  • I want to manufacture an 80% lower receiver, can I?
  • Can I use a vendor outside of the United States and do I need to be concerned about ITAR regulations?
  • Who is responsible for making firearm receivers and frames in accordance with the ATF issued variances and Ruling 2009-5?
  • Are there simple software solutions to help me manage my mid-sized book of Acquisition and Disposition?

How we help.

Our solutions includes the following:

  • Electronic bound book, e4473 and ATF eForms
  • FFL / SOT License applications and dissolution
  • Firearms import / export strategy and licensing
  • Online and in-person education for all employees
  • ATF and export compliance programs
  • ATF inspection preparation and remediation
  • On-Call federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Firearm industry business systems and inventory management

Orchid Serves All FFL Types

Making the transition into the firearms industry or maintaining a small firearms manufacturing operation (FFL Type 07 or 10) doesn’t excuse you from the same regulations as your big brothers.

Protecting your FFL is not something you take lightly. As your operation grows and expands, you need expert advice to help you navigate confusing compliance and ATF regulatory questions in simple language to keep your business moving forward.

Orchid Advisors helps small to medium-sized firearm manufacturers and sub-contractors reach their financial growth goals while also making sure ATF compliance is embedded into every stage of your business from manufacturing, inventory tracking, import/export and vendor management by providing the training and online education you need to harness compliance for your business’ continued success.

Distribution and eCommerce

We engaged in a Warehouse Management System capable of receiving, shipping, inventory management and more. Orchid served as a key partner, integrating compliance and operational concepts for a smooth launch of our business.

Scott Eichstadt, SVP of Customer Services & Operations, Sportsman’s Guide 

Do you face these challenges?

Wholesalers, distributors and even buying groups often ask us these questions:

  • Do state firearm regulations affect me or only the dealer?
  • How do I ensure that the firearm serial number in the box matches the outside label?
  • What can you do to help my firearm dealers be more financially savvy, technologically advanced and compliant?

How we help.

Our solutions includes the following:

  • Electronic bound book, e4473 and ATF eForms
  • FFL / SOT License applications and dissolution
  • Firearms import / export strategy and licensing
  • Online and in-person education for all employees
  • ATF and export compliance programs
  • ATF inspection preparation and remediation
  • On-Call federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Firearm industry business systems and inventory management

Orchid Serves All FFL Types

Your role as a Type 01 (or type 08/11 if you also import) is to move product from the manufacturers to the dealers efficiently and effectively. Your compliance concerns are more straightforward than your manufacturing and 4473 laden retail partners, but you’re not out of the woods.

You move thousands of firearms, parts and accessory SKUs from receiving to virtual bin locations to shipping. How do you know if your distribution or wholesale operation is running as efficiently as possible and without increased compliance risk?

Orchid Advisors helps small to large distributors and wholesalers take control of their company’s compliance initiatives through in-depth employee training, security audits, data-input, warehouse management system (WMS) / enterprise resource planning (ERP) improvement, expert advice and alert services to help you stay informed and take a proactive approach to your company’s compliance efforts.Do y

Retail and Range

Our primary objective is to deliver an outstanding retail experience to firearm consumers during every touchpoint without adversely impacting our ATF compliance or operating efficiency. With the FFL Compliance Manager solution that goal will be achieved.

-Rick Gridley, director, public affairs, Big 5 Sporting Goods

Do you face these challenges?

Our large firearm retailers (FFL 01 and 08/11 for those who import) often ask Orchid questions such as:

  • How do I track the changing state regulations, embed them into our ERP and POS for real-time compliance?
  • We’ve built our own electronic A&D book but it just doesn’t integrate well with our other systems.  Can you help me identify technology that reduces our ATF risk?
  • We have over 1,000 employees across 400 stores who transact firearms, complete 4473’s, multiple sales forms, and more.  Do you offer online education to keep them persistently aware of the rules?
  • What do our competitors do that we don’t and are we prepared for an ATF inspection?
  • The industry demand for suppressors is significant and we want to take part.  Can you help us understand the impact on our business and compliance needs?

How we help.

Our solutions includes the following:

  • Electronic bound book, e4473 and ATF eForms
  • FFL / SOT License applications and dissolution
  • Firearms import / export strategy and licensing
  • Online and in-person education for all employees
  • ATF and export compliance programs
  • ATF inspection preparation and remediation
  • On-Call federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Firearm industry business systems and inventory management

Orchid Serves All FFL Types

The need for a large independent or “Big Box” retailer to comply with local, state and federal firearms regulations is very important. Keeping every employee—from the warehouse floor to firearm Point of Sale—informed and educated on changing regulatory and compliance laws is a challenging and sometimes daunting task.

Orchid Advisors helps managers like you take control of their ATF compliance initiatives through in-depth employee training, A&D accuracy software solutions, and expert advice that help you stay informed and take a pro-active approach to your company’s compliance efforts.

Our programs reduce costly attorney expenses associated with overlooked or hidden controls and provide you with the tools you need for advanced preparation and remediation before a possible ATF inspection.

Pawn Stores

Orchid Serves All FFL Types

As a Type 01 or 02 Federal Firearms Licensee, your primary concern is running your business, pursuing your hobby and being able to sleep at night without worrying about compliance.

But today’s regulatory environment is getting complex. While Federal Firearms Regulations remain relatively constant, State Firearms Regulations seem to change every few months. Combine that with the complexity of managing ATF Form 4473, NICS Inquiries, Multiple Sales Forms, avoiding Straw Purchases and making sure you record properly in your paper or electronic Bound Book (or A&D Book).

Orchid Advisors’ suite of electronic Acquisition & Disposition tools, firearms and ATF compliance training and dealer inspection services — created specifically with the retailer/dealer/pawn shop in mind— helps you minimize ATF violations before they happen, saving you less hassle down the road while making your business run more efficiently.

Do you face these challenges?

Our large firearm retailers (FFL 01 and 08/11 for those who import) often ask Orchid questions such as:

  • How do I track the changing state regulations, embed them into our ERP and POS for real-time compliance?
  • We’ve built our own electronic A&D book but it just doesn’t integrate well with our other systems.  Can you help me identify technology that reduces our ATF risk?
  • We have over 1,000 employees across 400 stores who transact firearms, complete 4473’s, multiple sales forms, and more.  Do you offer online education to keep them persistently aware of the rules?
  • What do our competitors do that we don’t and are we prepared for an ATF inspection?
  • The industry demand for suppressors is significant and we want to take part.  Can you help us understand the impact on our business and compliance needs?

How we help.

Our solutions includes the following:

  • Electronic bound book, e4473 and ATF eForms
  • FFL / SOT License applications and dissolution
  • Firearms import / export strategy and licensing
  • Online and in-person education for all employees
  • ATF and export compliance programs
  • ATF inspection preparation and remediation
  • On-Call federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Firearm industry business systems and inventory management