Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $279,848)
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 Idaho State Police and Idaho Courts will carry out the following projects: 1) digitize backlogged fingerprint cards; 2) replace the state's store and forward server that transmits fingerprint cards to the state AFIS; 3) provide programming in the court's system to standardize the hair and eye color tables across counties; and, 4) update older mental health commitment records in Idaho's unified court system. Funds will also be used for court staff to attend training on topics related to the NICS system.