Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $657,313)
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 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) will use funds to complete tasks associated with three projects that are being proposed to address recommendations outlined in the Arizona NICS Records Improvement Plan, which was completed in March 2013 and includes over 30 recommendations to address deficiencies in the submittal of Arizona records to the NICS:
1) ACJC will work collaboratively with the NICS Task Force to conduct an analysis of and identify action steps for the Arizona Disposition Reporting System (ADRS) segmented functional requirements and document lessons learned for implementation of XML system exchange capabilities;
2) ACJC will continue activities to support the Arizona NICS Record Improvement Plan (a deliverable from the 2011 NARIP award) to encourage ongoing collaboration of record improvement efforts between the Arizona NICS Task Force stakeholders; and
3) ACJC will contract vendor services to implement a NIEM-based data exchange to forward NICS qualifying records from the Administrative Office of the Courts case management system to the NICS for criminal justice records that do not meet record match criteria in the ADRS.