Thomas Chittum

Adjunct Professor
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice, Marshall University
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University
  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Thomas Chittum

Adjunct Professor

Tom proudly served the United States for nearly 27 years, retiring in May 2022 from the Department of Justice as Associate Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). As a career federal agent, he enforced a wide range of federal criminal laws, especially related to firearms, explosives, arson, and violent crime. He worked extensively in undercover assignments and regularly testified in federal court as both a fact and an expert witness. Tom retired as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ATF and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).

In June 2022, Tom joined ShotSpotter, Inc., where he serves as Vice President of Analytics and Forensic Services. Tom leads a team of experienced professionals who support the integrated use of data, precision policing tools, and forensic evidence to detect, investigate, and prosecute gun crimes. His team also helps law enforcement and academic researchers use data to better understand, analyze, and report on gun violence and the effectiveness of crime reduction efforts.

He regularly speaks on matters related to criminal justice, law enforcement, and firearms law to cabinet-level and other high-ranking government executives, industry trade groups, law enforcement officials, and in the national media.

As an Adjunct Professor at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, Tom teaches “Firearms Law & the Second Amendment,” a viewpoint-neutral examination of the history, constitutional doctrine, and modern state of firearms law in America.

Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, WV; an MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY; and a JD from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was an Articles Editor on Law Review.

Tom is licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.