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2019 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $373,884)

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 Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) intends to work in partnership with the Louisiana Supreme Courts Case Management Information System (CMIS) to coordinate the development and the integration of the states various criminal justice information systems. Funds are being requested to work with an existing vendor, ImageSoft, to electronically capture and transmit mental health commitment information to CMIS and make the information available to Louisianas Computerized Criminal History (LACCH) system for sharing to the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the NICS databases. CMIS will also work with the vendor, IDEMIA, to procure and deploy six livescan machines in courtrooms to capture fingerprints for defendants who are convicted, but not provided a summons or arrested at the time of the incident. In addition, CMIS plans to develop a CCH data quality dashboard to closely monitor the quality and completeness of arrest and disposition reporting records submitted to the states repository. Funds will also be used to pay for management and program support personnel, who will perform coordination and monitoring activities, including programmatic and fiscal oversight and for in-state state travel to conduct site visits. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 21, 2019