Law Enforcement Assistance National Instant Criminal Background Check System
To provide a system so that any Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) could receive an immediate determination by telephone or by other electronic means, on whether receipt of a firearm and/or explosive by a prospective buyer would violate Federal or State laws.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
J - Provision of Specialized Services; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All persons purchasing firearms.
The Federal Firearm Licensees and American public.
Initial request for services must be from a licensed and enrolled FFL. For checks performed by the FBI, FFLs may contact the NICS Section by telephone via a toll-free number or, electronically by the NICS E-Check via the Internet. The FFLs will provide the required descriptive information requested on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 and each background check is assigned a unique NICS Transaction Number. If a NICS background check results in no matching records, the transfer will be a proceed. If one or more matching records are found, a NICS Legal Instruments Examiner (Examiner) will review the record(s) to determine if the subject of the record may be identical with the prospective purchaser and to determine if the record contains state and/or federal firearm prohibitive criteria which may prohibit the transfer of the firearm. If it is determined that prohibitive criteria exists, the NICS Examiner will advise the FFL to deny the firearm transaction. If potentially prohibitive criteria exists and more information is required in order to make the determination, the NICS Examiner will advise the FFL to delay the firearm transaction. When a transaction is delayed, the NICS Examiner begins extensive research on the potential prohibitor. The NICS Examiner will contact local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and courts to resolve questions about an individual who appears to be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm, as well as to request clarification regarding information in a prior record or disposition. When the research is complete, the NICS Examiner calls the FFL and gives a decision on the firearm transaction. Individuals who are denied the purchase of a firearm will be advised by the FFL of the process for appealing the denial decision if he/she believes it is incorrect.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial request for services must be from a licensed and enrolled FFL. For checks performed by the FBI, FFLs may contact the NICS Operation Center by telephone via a toll-free number or, in the future, electronically by NICS E-check via the Internet.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Three business days.
Persons denied the right to purchase a firearm may appeal the denial by writing to the NICS Program Office, Post Office Box 4278, Clarksburg, WV 26302-4278. Another option that is available is e-mailing the appeal to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The NICS Operations Center conducts NICS background checks by analyzing and evaluating criminal history records to determine whether the transfer of a firearm to an individual may violate State or Federal law. The staff at the Operations Center provides technical and operational support to users, provides customer service to FFLs and State Point of Contacts (POCs), processes appeals of denied transactions, and prepares management and statistical reports on the operation of the NICS.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Not applicable
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NICS Program Office, Post Office Box 4278, Clarksburg, WV 26302-4278.
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Finance Division, Room 6712
Washington, DC 20535 US
(Information) FY 16 est $49,276,624.00; FY 17 est $52,122,496.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 28, CFR, Part 25 National Instant Criminal Background Check System Regulation, Public Laws 103-159 Federal Regulations, NICS Brochure, Appeals Brochure, POC Manual and FFL Manual.
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