Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $203,400)
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).
The Idaho State Police (ISP) has identified two (2) gaps in their network of information sharing.
1. If an individual has not been fingerprinted when initially charged and the person was immediately put on supervision after conviction, with no time in custody, this information is not currently available to NICS, even if it was a disqualifying charge; 2. There are many missing dispositions in the state criminal history file maintained by the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI).
Under the NARIP 2015 award, the ISP will carry out its mission of continuous improvement to meet the needs of the criminal justice and non-criminal justice entities. Through its strategic information sharing initiatives the state continues to move towards its information sharing goals. Ultimately, the project will provide supervised release information on all NICS background checks for those who are under the supervision of the Idaho Department of Corrections. Additionally, more accurate and complete criminal history records will be available upon query for a NICS background check by increasing the number of records with disposition in the state criminal history system.