Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $517,428)
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 Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet will transfer funds to the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to meet the technological and personnel needs that have been identified as necessary components to facilitate the successful exchange of criminal history information from both agencies to the FBI's NICS Index. The proposed projects will target 67.6% of records with felony charges that currently reside in the state's computerized criminal history (CCH) system without disposition information. Completion of these projects will result in a higher disposition rate for records within the CCH which have at least one felony charge, thereby increasing the number of dispositions updated at the federal level.