This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $365,958)
The Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS), an officially recognized criminal justice agency, has served as the data collection agent for the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program since the program's inception in 1994. REJIS was competitively awarded FY 2014 FIST funding to continue its efforts to administer the FIST survey and data collection schedule. Through FIST, BJS collects data on firearm background checks conducted by state and local agencies and combines this information with the FBI's NICS transaction data to produce a national estimate of the number of applications received and denied annually. The FIST collection also obtains information from federal, state, and local agencies on reasons for denial of firearm applications, appeals of denials, and actions taken against denied persons. The FIST data collection is currently administered through a survey to 32 state agency reporters (including Washington, D.C.) that serve an entire state population, a statewide census of local checking agencies in 6 states, and a sample of local checking agencies in 4 states. BJS publishes FIST data in its Background Checks for Firearm Transfers series, available on the BJS website. Under the FY 2014 FIST award, REJIS will continue to collaborate with BJS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to complete the following tasks to implement the FIST data collection: 1) define the sampling plan and methodology for collecting and analyzing data on firearm background check activities; 2)obtain FBI NICS transaction data and produce a national estimate of the number of applications for firearm transfers or permits that are received and denied in calendar year 2014; 3) prepare statistical tables of the number of applications, denials, reasons for denial for state, local, and FBI background checks and referrals for investigation to ATF that occurred in calendar year 2014 and appendix tables for data obtained from state agency reporters on arrests and appeals and on background check functions by jurisdiction; and 4) produce the 2013 Enforcement of the Brady Act report to report on ATF investigations and U.S. Attorney prosecutions of persons who were denied a firearm in calendar year 2013 (prior year data is reported because data are collected in September to allow sufficient time for pending cases to be resolved after the end of the calendar year). REJIS will also be responsible for preparing FIST data for archival at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. CA/NCF
The Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS), an officially recognized criminal justice agency, has served as the data collection agent for the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program since the program's inception in 1994. Through FIST, BJS collects data on firearm background checks conducted by state and local agencies and combines this information with the FBI's NICS transaction data to produce a national estimate of the number of applications received and denied annually. The FIST collection also obtains information from state and local agencies on reasons for denial of firearm applications, and from ATF on the number of FBI denials referred to ATF field divisions for investigation. REJIS is being awarded FY 2015 FIST funds to continue its efforts to manage the FIST program, including administering the FIST survey to state and local checking agencies, implementing the data collection schedule and employing a rigorous follow up schedule with nonrespondents to maximize the response rates, compiling data and conducting data analysis to create statistical tables for publication, and refining the FIST methodology, in particular the collection and reporting of data on reasons for denial, to enhance the completeness and reliability of the data. During the award period, REJIS will be responsible for collaborating with BJS, the FBI, and ATF to obtain data to produce statistical tables, appendix tables, and accompanying descriptive narrative to publish in the 2015 Background Checks for Firearm Transfers work product.
Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.
The Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program provides national estimates of the total number of firearm applications received and denied pursuant to the Brady Act and similar state Laws. BJS began the program in 1994. Under this award, REJIS will collect data for calendar year 2017 from federal, state, and local agencies that conduct background checks for firearm transfers and permits. Data will be obtained from agency websites, internal reports, and a survey of over 1,000 state and local checking agencies. The main tasks for this project include reviewing the survey instruments to ensure they are up to date, maintaining the web portal through which respondents complete the survey, maintenance of FIST universe, planning for estimation procedures and weighting strategies, administering the data collection, conducting follow up calls and managing communications as necessary, conducting any necessary non-response bias study, cleaning and analyzing the data, developing publications using the data, and producing a final data file for archival.