Wednesday Webinars



Live webinarReeves & Dola announces our new Wednesday Webinars on the federal firearms laws. We now offer one-hour webinars every month on the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, and firearms and ammunition excise tax.

We present the webinars live via the GoToTraining platform so that attendees may learn from the comfort and convenience of their own desk.

Each webinar takes place on a Wednesday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET. After the webinar, attendees receive a link to download the audio version each presentation. These downloads contain proprietary information and are for registered participants only.


August 9, 2017 – Introduction to the Gun Control Act

We take attendees through the history of the federal firearms laws beginning with the Revenue Act of 1918, the National Firearms Act of 1934, and the congressional and public debate leading to enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Attendees will gain an understanding of law enforcement concerns that led to enactment, the different versions of the bill considered by Congress, and the political pressures that finally resulted in enactment. Additionally, the webinar covers the basic structure and content of the statute.

Who should participate?

This webinar is a valuable review for compliance professionals who regularly deal with GCA issues and for individuals new to this complex area of the law.

September 13, 2017 – Definition of “Firearm” Under the Gun Control Act

In this webinar, we focus on what constitutes a “firearm” under the Gun Control Act. The presentation includes discussion of “frame or receiver,” “firearm muffler or silencer,” “destructive device,” “antique firearm,” “rifle,” and “shotgun.” Also, we address the meaning of the term “weapon” and items that are not regulated under the statute because they fall outside this term. We conclude with unfinished items (e.g., “80 percent receivers”) and challenges in determining when they reach a stage of manufacture where they are regulated as “firearms” under the Gun Control Act.

Who should participate?

This webinar helps licensed manufacturers, licensed importers, and licensed dealers to assist in determining which items are controlled under the statute.

October 11, 2017 – Basics of Importation Under the Gun Control Act

This webinar addresses the import controls of the Gun Control Act and the types of firearms that may be lawfully imported. It also addresses the “sporting purposes” test of the statute, importation of surplus military firearms, and imports for government agencies. Additionally, we cover the process of obtaining an import permit from ATF’s Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch.

Who should participate?

The webinar helps licensed importers and their employees.

November 8, 2017 – Introduction to the National Firearms Act

This webinar focuses on the history of the National Firearms Act (NFA) and provides a basic overview of its provisions. Then, we address the crime problems during Prohibition that lead to enactment of the NFA, the 1968 amendments, the deactivated war trophy program, and the differences between firearms regulated under the GCA and the NFA. Finally, the webinar also provides an overview of the taxing and registration provisions of the statute.

Who should participate?

This webinar helps all federal firearms licensees and their employees.

December 6, 2017 – Introduction to Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET)

This webinar provides an overview of the manufacturers excise tax imposed on firearms and ammunition by 26 U.S.C. 4181. Next, we address the differences between the definitions of “firearm” and “shells and cartridges” under the Gun Control Act. We also discuss the regulations of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau. Lastly, we address the tax on use, filing of returns, and how to determine the taxable sale price, as well as the definitions of “manufacturer” and “importer.”

Who should participate?

The webinar helps new manufacturers and importers of firearms and ammunition. It is also a useful review for more experienced industry members.


Teresa Ficaretta joined Reeves & Dola, LLP in 2013 after serving more than 28 years at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Previously Deputy Chief Counsel and then Deputy Assistant Director of Enforcement Programs and Services at ATF, Ms. Ficaretta built her knowledge and expertise in ATF’s administration and enforcement of the federal firearms and explosives laws. Ms. Ficaretta advises firearms, ammunition and explosives manufacturers, importers and dealers on compliance matters arising under the federal firearms and explosives laws. She also advises clients on the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) regulations of the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). She regularly counsels clients in designing and implementing effective federal firearms and explosives compliance programs, and provides compliance training sessions.


Cost is $150 per attendee. The registration fee is non-refundable.


To register, please complete the registration request form here.

For additional questions or more information, please contact Teresa Ficaretta at or by calling (202) 715-9183.SaveSave

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