Bret remains certified as a firearms instructor by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, by the State of Florida as a firearms instructor for armed guards and private investigators, and by the National Rifle Association, both for civilian and law enforcement courses. He also certified as a Firearm Specialist by the IFSA.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Education (concentration in adult education) from Northwestern State University (Louisiana), and is an adjunct instructor for both the Hillsborough Community College and Pasco/Hernando State College for basic recruit academies and for-credit classes.
He is a Florida-licensed Private Investigator and is the owner of Ex Umbra Defense Solutions, a Florida LLC that offers private investigations, executive protection, private security, and firearms training.
Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance issues arising under the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Arms Export Control Act, and the federal explosives laws. She also has significant experience with firearms and ammunition excise tax (FAET), as she coordinated ATF’s FAET program for 12 years. Her government experience gives her unique insight into administration and enforcement of the federal firearms and explosives laws that provides an extraordinary resource for clients.
operability, microscopic analysis of ballistics evidence and shooting incident reconstruction. He provides professional assistance to attorneys, municipalities and law enforcement agencies for case evaluation, courtroom and trial presentation in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation. He has been recognized as an expert witness in trials linked to firearms and their operability, ballistics, and identification, as well as microscopy, shooting incident reconstruction, gunshot-residue analysis and muzzle-to-target distance determination examinations. Mr. Gannalo has created and/or instructed a number of forensic training programs for firearm ID, shooting incident reconstruction and expert witness courtroom testimony.
From 1991 to 2014 he served an ATF Special Agent specializing in the investigation of arson and explosives, where he provided technical
assistance to Special Agents and other law enforcement officers engaged in the investigations of explosives and fires, and instructed these topics.
Joe is an ATF Certified Explosives Specialist, who served for years on the elite ATF National Response Team, conducting post-blast investigations and
providing technical assistance to State and Local bomb squads and other ATF agents nation-wide. His duties included the investigation of
explosions, bombings, providing safe disposal of explosive materials, and providing explosive diagnostic capabilities for special events.
to assist in post-blast and post-fire scene examinations, documenting the scene, collection of evidence and interviewing witnesses, and deployment of
state-of-the art forensic mapping equipment to effectuate professional documentation of the scene. Joe has participated in the scene
examination of over one hundred and twenty-five post blast explosive scenes and approximately one hundred fires scenes. He has initiated
over one hundred explosive and fire scene investigations during the course of his tenure with ATF. He has coordinated, instructed and/or
participated in over fifty live training explosive scenarios for post blast investigation training, and has conducted or participated in
approximately fifty destructions involving explosive materials.
John A. Subic, FDLE, Retired
John conducted various investigations to include property crimes, homicides, domestic and international narcotics investigations, officer involved shootings/ use of force as well as firearms investigations. He served as a Detail Leader for a dignitary protect team. While a member of Special Operations Team, South he functioned as an entry member, designated marksman and chemical agent operator. He last served as the Team Leader for the FDLE Special Operations Team, South and as the Primary Firearms Instructor for the FDLE, Miami Regional Operations Center. John is a certified firearms instructor and armorer on several weapons platforms. He has instructed firearms, defensive tactics, impact weapons, chemical agents, SWAT and dignitary protection courses.