Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $429,288)
The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 ("NICS Improvement Act"), was signed into law by the President on January 8, 2008. The NICS Improvement Act amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 ("the Brady Act") (Pub. L. 103-159), under which the Attorney General established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Brady Act requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to contact the NICS before transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person for information on whether the proposed transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under state or federal law. The NICS Improvement Act authorizes grants to be made in a manner consistent with the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).
Under this award, the Nebraska State Patrol will use funds to: 1) enhance a newly development web portal to automate the reporting of mental health commitments to improve the transfer of information from the district courts to the NICS Index; 2) automate the process and improve reporting of protection order information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC); 3) provide training to probation officers and county attorneys to improve identification and submission of disqualifying misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence convictions to the NICS Index, and 4) utilize a professional contractor to assist the state in developing a comprehensive long range strategic plan to improve the quality, completeness, and availability of records to NICS.