FFLGuard announced today that Richard Vasquez, former ATF Chief, Firearms Technology Branch (FTB), and a national/international firearms classification expert has joined FFLGuard. The addition of Mr. Vasquez to theFFLGuard organization will expand FFLGuard’s knowledge, expertise and experience level when handling its manufacturer, wholesaler and importer clients, as well as those FFLGuard clients dealing firearms falling under the National Firearms Act (NFA).
Mr. Vasquez was a former Marine and State Department employee for 24 years prior to joining ATF in 1999 where he was intimately involved with regulations governing firearms manufacturing, the National Firearms Act and firearms import and export policy for the past 15 years. While with ATF at FTB (where he served as a Specialist, Assistant Branch Chief and Branch Chief), Mr. Vasquez developed their Standard Operating Procedures, created firearms identification courses for law enforcement, wrote, reviewed and approved numerous firearms rulings, and provided firearms briefs for Congress. Mr. Vasquez was also instrumental in reviewing the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA) for accuracy, and trained Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the intricacies of importation guidelines and the recognition of unlawful imports.
“We are extremely pleased to have Rick join the FFLGuard team as he will be a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Christopher Chiafullo, National Coordinating Counsel for FFLGuard. “In particular, Rick will be a great resource for our manufacturer, wholesaler, and NFA-specific clients, delivering a level of personalized attention that cannot be found anywhere else in the industry. Rick’s wealth of knowledge and experience continues to give FFLGuard ‘best-in-class’ status.”
Mr. Vazquez recently stated that “working for FFLGuard affords me the opportunity to follow my passion of working with manufacturers to help them bring new firearms to market and navigate ever-changing ATF policies and rulings.”
Scot Thomasson, FFLGuard Director of Communications and New Client Development
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