John retired from Federal service after 27 years as a special agent in both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Secret Service. He has completed both the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center firearms instructor courses. He was awarded the FLETC Distinguished Weapons Expert designation for qualifying at the expert level on multiple weapon systems. During his federal service years, John instructed and qualified other special agents and task force officers in the use of all agency approved firearm systems and trained agents in alternative and less lethal uses of force. He has been a firearms enthusiast, recreational shooter, and NRA member for many years and is certified as an NRA firearms instructor. He is a native Alabamian where he volunteers with local emergency and law enforcement agencies. John is looking forward to helping citizens become confident, safe and responsible gun owners.