I closed my law practice effective February 1, 2021, and am no longer accepting new clients. Clients with whom I had an attorney-client relationship on January 31, 2021, and who need assistance with files may contact me via e-mail or my cell phone.


Specializing in federal firearms and explosives laws
and firearms and ammunition excise tax.

Who I am

Teresa Ficaretta
Teresa Ficaretta


After law school I joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and spent 28 years learning the complex federal firearms and explosives laws from the agency’s experts. During my years at ATF I was involved in implementing major policy initiatives in every area of the firearms and explosives laws, including the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, the firearms import bans of 1989 and 1998, the 1989 Chinese embargo, 1996 Russian VRA, the Brady Law, the 1994 assault weapons ban, the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Safe Explosives Act. I held positions at ATF as Deputy Assistant Director, Deputy Chief Counsel, and Associate Chief Counsel (Firearms & Explosives). After leaving ATF in 2012 I went into private practice and have over 35 years of experience with the federal firearms and explosives laws.

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How I can help you

My experience with ATF and the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) gives me the ability to assist industry members in complying with federal law. I know which federal laws apply to your business, which government agency administers those laws, and who to contact to assist you in addressing regulatory compliance requirements. I can assist you with the regulatory issues that are listed to the right. 

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  • FAET

  • Federal explosives laws

  • Gun Control Act

  • National Firearms Act

  • Importation