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Oklahoma FY 2020 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $2,795,947)

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 Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to complete the conversion of the states older paper fingerprint records to prevent further degradation of these documents. Funds will also be used to identify misfiled documents, allowing for the reinstatement of previously removed records from the state repository. OSBI also plans to continue to increase criminal history arrest and disposition data in Oklahomas criminal history record database by expanding RAPUP, an existing municipal court web-based portal, to the remaining counties and municipalities in the state. RAPUP 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. Staff will conduct criminal justice audits to enhance the quality and quantity of criminal history information stored in the states repository. Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will also transfer funds to the Oklahoma department of Corrections (ODOC) to purchase two livescan devices. ODOCs livescan devices have exceeded the recommended lifespan. In order to ensure quality fingerprints are captured and submitted to OSBI, a refresh on equipment is required. Funds are being requested to cover the travel expenses for OSBI staff to attend the FBIs NICS Users Conference. This conference is designed to expand the knowledge of those individuals making firearms purchases/license issuance determinations or for those updating databases accessed by the NICS in those determinations. Travel costs are also associated with OSBI staff, responsible for disposition projects and involved in technology enhancements, attending the SEARCH Symposium on Justice Information Technology, Policy & Research. The Symposium is geared toward local, state and federal justice officials and focuses on the latest issues, projects and trends affecting justice information sharing, including background checks and the NICS Indices. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: November 2, 2020