Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $732,037)
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 the FY 20 NARIP, the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct the following projects:
1) Continued funding for the NICS Program Manager and an additional Crime Analyst position to assist the efforts of the NICS Program Manager is being requested; 2) Ongoing maintenance of the Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence (MCDV) automated reporting system. Due to this project only capturing entries first day forward, an analysis of the nearly 20,000 identified historical MCDV records from the past seven (7) years for potential entry into the NICS Indices is necessary; 3) More than 2,500 felony convictions are not available through an Interstate Identification Index query due to a lack of fingerprints. The NSP will collaborate with Nebraska Interactive to develop an automated reporting solution similar to that of the existing system for MCDV to ensure these felony convictions are available at the national level; 4) The Electronic Commitment Reporting Application (ECRA) will be upgraded to address concerns regarding the usability of the database as well as improve the integrity, accuracy, and completeness of Nebraskas mental health NICS Indices records; 5) To facilitate the entry of protection orders into the NCIC, Nebraska implemented the Protection Order Portal and the Centralized Protection Order Office (CPO). Continued funding will be used for two Crime Analysts to staff the CPO providing technical support and training for the Protection Order Portal, for Douglas Countys protection order entry, and for the Nebraska Crime Commissions PO Portal enhancement project; 6) The NSP is the authorized Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) issuing agency in Nebraska. Previously, two temporary Records Technicians were funded by the NCHIP grant to assist with the CHP process. Due to the significance and complexity of firearms prohibitions, these positions are better suited under NARIP. The two temporary Records Technicians that NSP used under the NCHIP grant were limited in their job duties due to the scope of the grant. Two Staff Assistants under the NARIP grant will be able to complete substantially more steps in the CHP process. (CA/NCF)