Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,650,000)
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 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) will subcontract funds to the Illinois State Police (ISP) to continue efforts to automate the process of submitting qualifying mental health information and other disqualifying records into the NICS System. Funds will be used to establish and implement a NICS Reporting System to identify and report prohibited persons to NICS. The major features of the framework and components include: 1) A collaborative effort with the state's Circuit Clerks and the software vendors supporting them to better facilitate the submission of information related to court ordered adjudications which are not currently part of the criminal justice reporting process. 2) A NICS information management system that provides: a process for managing the eligibility determination and prohibitors for the transfer and possession of firearms; and a modular management system for submission and maintenance of NICS records. 3) Continue current efforts to improve data quality and exchange with the Department of Human Services (DHS). 4) Continue current efforts to improve ISP business processes supporting eligibility determinations.