Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $274,466)
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 the 2015 NCHIP, the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS) will use funds to hire ten temporary employees to enter disposition data into the State and FBI criminal history systems. This award supports the efforts of the 2013 and 2014 NARIP awards to backfill missing dispositions. This project is the result of several high profile cases of individuals within Nevada who had mental health adjudications on their records being able to acquire firearms. In response, the Chief Justice of Nevada required a statewide audit to be conducted by each court to determine that all missing dispositions and individuals who had mental health adjudications on their records to be input in the statewide system for ultimate submission to the national level. Upon completion of the audit, the state identified over 800,000 dispositions that were missing from the state repository.