It's mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
Meet the Team:
|Meet the Team|
Wally is a retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director with 30+ years of ATF experience. As DAD, he directed all regulatory firearms programs including: The development and monitoring of firearms inspection programs, licensing, NFA, imports, tracing and regulations, as well as the firearms technology branch. He retired from ATF in October 2005. For the last 6 years, Wally has brought his expertise in firearms laws and regulations to firearms industry members as a private consultant. As a consultant he has conducted FFL site visits to review required records and sample firearms inventories. He has also, provided employee training, helped to develop compliance plans and assisted FFLs of all types and sizes with ATF compliance and licensing issues.
Nick joined the ATF in 1975 as an inspector in the Chicago Area Office where he performed inspections with an emphasis in the firearm arena. He was then promoted to Chief, Technical Services where he supervised the Firearms Licensing Section. Nick received a promotion to Chicago Area Supervisor where, among many of his duties, promoted the use of seminars both open and for individual stores and to assist licensees with their efforts to comply with federal and other laws and regulations. Nick retired from the ATF in December of 2011.
Fred joined the ATF in 1975 as a compliance inspector. He was promoted to supervisory ATF compliance inspector for 10 years where he supervised and monitored inspections. Fred received a promotion to work as the ATF representative to FBI/NICS until his retirement in 2011.
Harry retired from ATF June 30, 2012, after more than 36 years of service. He began his career as an Inspector in Raleigh, NC; and he conducted numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to Bureau Headquarters in 1983. During his career, Harry was Area Supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief in Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years he directed all of the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama. During that 12-year period, Harry oversaw more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, Harry became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.
Jean Zabel joined ATF in 1988 in Charlotte, NC as an Inspector and conducted firearms inspections throughout North and South Carolina. She was promoted to Special Operations Inspector and was responsible for the firearms and explosives programs in the Charlotte Field Division. In January, 2000, Jean became the Program Manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia where she was responsible for the ATF Investigator training program. She later transferred to Tampa, Florida as a Senior Operations Officer for the Tampa Field Division and was later promoted to Area Supervisor. As the Area Supervisor, Jean selected the firearms licensees to be inspected, oversaw the inspection process and reviewed the results of each inspection. Also while in Tampa, she served as a hearing officer for firearms adverse action cases. She retired from ATF in November 2011.
Gene Baker joined the ATF in 1970 in Houston Texas and became an Inspector conducting compliance inspections for firearms retailers and explosives industry members. In 1977 Gene was promoted to Instructor at the ATF inspector training course in Catonsville Maryland where he trained Inspectors on all aspects of the regulated firearms and explosives industries. In 1990 Gene was promoted to Explosives Program Manager for the 10 state Midwest region where his duties included training inspectors and working to bolster the explosives compliance program. In 1992 Gene was promoted to National Instructor on explosives where he provided training in explosives and regulatory matters. 1n 1995 Gene was instrumental in leading the training and implementation of the NICS program for the firearms retailers to the Midwest Region as part of his duties as a member of the ATF's Midwest Regional training team. In 1999 Gene was promoted to ATF Explosives Industry Analysts where he reviewed policies and procedures, training programs and technologies and made recommendations to the Chief of the ATF's Arson and Explosive Program. Gene retired from the ATF in 2004.