Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Public Information Office
Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
(702) 687-1300 fax: (702) 687-6798


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      November 23rd, 1998
NEWS FROM: Nevada Highway Patrol     98-145
Point-of-Sale Firearms Program
Records and Identification Services

Permanent Brady Law Provisions Take Effect November 30th
Nevada Interim Provisions Mirror Permanent Ones

In anticipation of the Permanent Provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program will make official many of the already-established provisions that will take effect nationwide on November 30th, 1998.  The permanent provisions of of the Brady Act require that a National Instant Check System (NICS) be established for the purpose  of background checks for individuals buying firearms.  It requires that all federally licensed gun dealers contact the NICS prior to transfer of any firearm.  In Nevada, the method of contacting NICS is via the Point-of-Sale Firearms Program.  Nevada will be considered the point of contact for NICS checks for all firearms transactions, including long guns (shot guns and rifles).  The previous interim provisions applied only to hand guns.  Under the Permanent Provisions, the waiting period for transactions on hold will be reduced from five business days to three business days.

In February of 1994, the Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program designed an instant check system in anticipation of the Permanent Provisions of the Act.  As a result, the transition for Nevada's federally-licensed gun dealers to the Permanent Provisions should be very smooth, as the Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program will continue to provide instant checks in its new role as the State's Point-of-Contact.

Nevada's federally licensed gun dealers we notified of the Permanent Provisions via a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

For further information on the Permanent Provisions of the Brady Act, contact Dennis DeBacco of the Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program in Carson City at (702) 684-4660.

Attached is a list of the federal and state data that will be accessed when an instant background check is performed.   Also attached is a current activity report from the Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program.
 

NICS and State of Nevada Data Accessed
for Instant Background Check by Nevada Point-of-Sale Firearms Program

   National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Wanted Persons File
   NCIC Protection Order File
   NCIC Departed Felons File
   NCIC US Secret Service Protective File
   NCIC Foreign Fugitive File
   NCIC Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Violent Felon File
   National Instant Check System (NICS) Denied Persons File
   NICS Index Illegal/Unlawful Alien File
   NICS Index Controlled Substance Abuse File
   NICS Index Dishonorable Discharge File
   NICS Index Citizenship Renunciation File
   NICS Index Mental Defective/Commitments File
   Federal Criminal History Information Database

   State of Nevada Criminal History Database
   State of Nevada Registered Sex Offender File
   State of Nevada Convicted Persons File
   State of Nevada Felony Warrants/Wanted Persons File
   State of Nevada Domestic Violence Protection Order File
   State of Nevada Local Police Records


OCTOBER 1998

POINT-OF-SALE FIREARMS PROGRAM - ACTIVITY REPORT

MONTH OVERVIEW:

AVERAGE INQUIRIES PER DAY:    57
PERCENTAGE OF INQUIRIES RESULTING IN A HOLD:      22%
PERCENTAGE OF HOLDS RESULTING IN A DENIAL:         22%
PERCENTAGE OF DENIALS REVERSED:                                09%
FELONY WARRANTS:                                                                  0
FELONY WARRANTS RESULTING IN ARRESTS:                     0
PAROLE AND PROBATION HITS:                                            0
   
Total Inquiries for Oct. 1998:                                           1,684
Total Holds for Oct. 1998:        365
Total Denials for Oct. 1998:   78
Total Reversals for Oct. 1998:                                                 7

YEAR TO DATE OVERVIEW:

AVERAGE INQUIRIES PER DAY:    59
PERCENTAGE OF INQUIRIES RESULTING IN A HOLD:      25%
PERCENTAGE OF HOLDS RESULTING IN A DENIAL:         15%
PERCENTAGE OF DENIALS REVERSED:                                14%
FELONY WARRANTS:                                                                  20
FELONY WARRANTS RESULTING IN ARRESTS:                     20
PAROLE AND PROBATION HITS:                                            0
   
Total Inquiries for Oct. 1998:                                           19,021
Total Holds for Oct. 1998:        4,686
Total Denials for Oct. 1998:   665
Total Reversals for Oct. 1998:                                                 92

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