FY 2020 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

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Funding Opportunity ID: 324420
Opportunity Number: BJS-2020-17635
Opportunity Title: FY 2020 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Information and Statistics
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.813
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply: • Agency designated by the Governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (34 U.S.C. § 40301) • State or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction’s court system • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJS
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Posted Date: Feb 12, 2020
Close Date: Apr 23, 2020
Last Updated Date: Feb 12, 2020
Award Ceiling: $23,000,000
Award Floor: $11,500,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $23,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 28
Description: The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-180), codified at 34 U.S.C. §40912 (NIAA), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as it was intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records also reduces delays for law-abiding persons to purchase firearms.
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