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Wisconsin NICS Act Records Improvement Program 2011

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,500,000)

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).

Under this award, the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, Department of Corrections, and Administrative Office of the Courts will use funds to: 1) re-write DOJ's criminal records management system to incorporate management of several data sources critical to firearms eligibility including mental health records, firearms flags, and disposition interfaces with the state's prosecutors and courts case management systems; 2) develop an interface between DOJ and DOC to automatically forward supervision data from DOC to the criminal record repository to provide a more complete set of data on which firearms determinations can be made; 3) update the current version of the Wisconsin XML RAP sheet to become National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) compliant and enhance the state's ability to include expanded supervision fields on the RAP sheet; and 4) maintain the relief from disabilities program as required by the NICS Improvement Act. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: August 30, 2011