Federal Firearms License (FFL) Dealer, rx with Class 3 Special Occupational Tax (SOT) stamp in Roanoke, Virginia; Licensed dealer since 1987; 40 years experience buying, selling and trading firearms and working gun shows.
Practical Tactical Training Courses from Pat Goodale at Professional Firearms Training (PFT), including Precision Rifle, Tactical Rifle, Defensive Shotgun, Handgun I and Handgun II. Tactical Rifle at Frontsight in Nevada. Classes and seminars on Class 3 issues at the Shot Show, SAR shows, Knob Creek and SAR Convention in Las Vegas.
Attorney with, and President of the Law Firm of Ferris & Eakin, P.C. in Roanoke, Virginia; Firearms related representation included the New York City civil suits against Virginia dealers, ATF&E and Virginia State Police dealer issues, firearms failure and ammunition defects resulting in injury, and consultation on criminal cases with a firearms component. Law practice covers estate planning and estate administration for firearms collection and dealer inventories, including Class 3; cases handled include many where personal injury or death is caused by firearms, vehicles or other instrumentation.
U.S. Army and Virginia Army National Guard. Experience included M-16 Range Officer for an Infantry Battalion at Fort Bragg, Fort Pickett and Fort AP Hill; Qualified “Expert” with rifle (15 times) and pistol (twice). Fired Browning .50 MG, M-60 MG, M-16 on full automatic, 105 MM guns, 82 MM Mortars, LAWs, claymores and other weapons while on active duty, mostly with the 29th Infantry Division.
Professional Gun Retailers Association, National Firearms Act Trade and Collection Association, National Rifle Association, Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club, Franklin County Gun Club, Arrowhead Hunt Club, American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association and 116th Infantry Regiment.
Virginia Tech MBA program (no degree), University of Richmond School of Law (J.D. 1984), College of William and Mary (B.B.A. 1979), U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training, Officer Basic and Officer Advance courses. Many and various seminars, courses and classes related to firearms and continuing legal education.
Father was a retired Virginia State Trooper and a national champion match shooter on the State Police pistol team, a firearms instructor and member of its first sniper team (SWAT predecessor). Mother is a retired Veterans Administration Nurse. Wife, Kimberly, was a national champion match pistol shooter, with the US Army Marksmanship Unit. Kimberly most recently served as a Marksmanship Instructor in the U.S. Army Reserves until her retirement last year. Lenden and Kimberly have two children, Mariah and Nathan, elementary school age. And three bird-hunting Brittany Spaniels, Freckles, Belle and Cocoa.