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Arizona National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Records Improvement Plan

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Date Published
March 2013
89 pages
This document from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission contains the State's records improvement plan for its participation with the National Instant Background Check System.
This report presents information on the State's efforts to develop the Arizona National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Records Improvement Program (NARIP). Following the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2008, the Federal Government authorized funding to assist States in providing certain information to the NICS. The goal of the NARIP is to address the gap in information available to the NICS dealing with mental health adjudications and commitments, along with other prohibiting factors. The report has eight major sections that provide information on the State's program. The overall goals of the Arizona NARIP are to: 1) improve Arizona's record for completeness, automation and transmittal of records and mental health information to the NICS; and 2) improve completeness of criminal history records used by the NICS by addressing disposition backlogs and rejects. The objectives of the program are to 1) initiate an Arizona NICS Task Force; 2) create an Arizona NICS Records Improvement Program Plan (NARIP Plan); 3) provide technical assistance to criminal justice agencies within the state to improve NICS reporting, and 4) support the execution of the Arizona NARIP. Additional information provided in the report covers the NICS Improvement Amendments Act, NARIP governance, NARIP methodology, the processes used by the State's criminal justice system to deal with different crime categories; seven NICS program recommendations (long-term); and seven category specific recommendations. The different crime categories covered by the category specific recommendations include felony convictions, active indictments/informations, active arrest warrants, unlawful drug use, mental health, order of protection, and misdemeanor domestic violence. Tables, figures, and appendix