National Instant Criminal Background Check System: Reviewing Requirements for Federal Funding

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Audit Abstract

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) contains state and federal records that firearm dealers use to identify people prohibited from owning a gun. The federal government authorized the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) grant to help states improve their record reporting for the NICS system. As of 2018, Kansas had not applied for this federal funding even though it was eligible to apply. Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials told us they have not applied because they currently use a different federal grant, the National Criminal History Improvement Program grant, to help with their NICS reporting efforts.