Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $640,000)
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 Oregon State Police (OSP) will use funds to continue the work of the state's NICS Record Improvement Reconciliation Team to research, review, and update records that have either not been reported to NICS or are missing details critical to the decision-making process for firearms transfer qualification reviews and to assess improvements that can be made to further enhance automated record exchanges with contributing agencies. The goal of the team is to ensure that records for prohibited individuals are available to NICS in the timeliest manner possible either through the Interstate Identification Index (III) or the NICS Index. Funds will continue to support mental health adjudication and relief granted reporting activities, as well as continued work on locating and posting of missing or incomplete court records within the NIAA categories of Felony Arrests, Unlawful Drug Use and Potential Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence. Specifically, funds will support six Office Specialist positions, one Support Services Supervisor position that serves as project manager and provides supervision and resource support to the team, and one Information Systems Specialist Information Technology position. The team has set a target of updating 3,500 records per month for older records that have been incomplete or not reported. To date, the team has successfully researched, collected, and submitted all known qualifying Oregon mental health prohibited person records to the NICS Index and established the ongoing reporting process and quality assurance maintenance functions to sustain the project for future reporting. CA/NCF