Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $831,000)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will transfer funds to the Indiana State Police (ISP) to:
1) begin the submission of all Indiana disqualifiers to NICS to ensure the completeness and accuracy of all new information submitted to the state and national databases;
2) send suspense file data (e.g. dispositions not matched to an arrest) to NICS so it is available to law enforcement and others using data to perform background checks for criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes; and
3) enhance firearm permit background checks to eliminate manual searches during application processing.
Funds will also be used to partially cover the staff responsible for coordination and administration of this grant.