Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $480,045)
The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, P. L. 110-180 ("NIAA"), was initially signed into law by the President on January 8, 2008 (reauthorized by Title VI of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, P.L. 115-141). The NIAA 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 NIAA authorizes grants to be made in a manner consistent with the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).
Under this award, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will transfer funds to the Oklahoma County District Attorneys Office to complete the implementation of a modern case management software system with the ability to electronically receive arrest information from law enforcement agencies and submit timely and accurate case status and disposition information to the OSBI for inclusion into the databases screened by NICS. The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will also transfer funds to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to increase criminal history arrest and disposition data in Oklahomas criminal history record database. By expanding an existing municipal court portal, the program will interface directly with district attorneys and municipal courts for immediate submission of pre-vetted, electronic arrest outcomes into the repository and create notifications requesting criminal defendants charged with reportable offenses be remanded for fingerprinting when prints were not previously taken.