Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,204,247)
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).
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) will work with the Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) and the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services (MOPS) to implement improved criminal history record capture procedures in Missouri courts, prosecutors' offices, and law enforcement agencies. Funds will be used to establish a NICS Improvement Task Force to guide the development and implementation of an ongoing long-range records improvement plan. Activities at MSHP include: developing a municipal courts criminal history interface, updating backlogged felony dispositions, and replacing obsolete livescan devices. OSCA will use funds to implement an interface between the remaining circuit courts and prosecutor offices to allow for the transmission of filing documents to the court case management system. MOPS will use funds to acquire the services of a technical services coordinator as project manager for the automated Karpel Case Management System used by prosecutors' offices statewide.