Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $91,294)
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 North Dakota Office of Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Information Technology (IT) divisions will use NARIP funds to continue initiatives started in FY 2011. Specifically, funds will be used to continue to support the work of administrative staff to develop and implement procedures related to NICS submissions and address the additional workload that resulted due to an increase in the number of concealed weapon license applications submitted and processed. Duties will include serving as a liaison with the courts; conducting records checks; entering, querying, and reconciling data; submitting fingerprint cards; receiving, processing, and issuing permits; and providing testimony at administrative hearings or in court as requested to describe why an applicant was denied a concealed weapon license.