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NICS Improvement for State History Repository and Courts

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $798,471)

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 Nevada Department of Public Safety (NVDPS) will use FY 2009 NICS Act Record Improvement Program funds to make enhancements to the state Criminal History Repository and to the Nevada Courts Assessment and Reporting. NVDPS will conduct the following three activities: 1) establish and coordinate a statewide, multi-agency NICS Record Task Force; 2) update and enhance existing Brady and NICS functionality including making improvements to the protection order system; and 3) create a web-based application to expedite Brady and NICS transactions. In conjunction, the Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts will actively work with NVDPS to conduct several site visits to assess court business operations and reporting for different regions of Nevada in order to improve the collection and exchange of criminal information.


Date Created: September 23, 2009