BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
New Releases

Promising practices by states for improved record reporting
The BJS website now has information on promising practices by Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia for improved record reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This information responds to requirements in the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-180) and the recent GAO Report Gun Control: Sharing Promising Practices and Assessing Incentives Could Better Position Justice to Assist States in Providing Records for Background Checks (GAO-12-684). The promising practices involve identifying, collecting, maintaining, automating, and transmitting information that determines whether a person is prohibited by federal or state law from possessing or receiving a firearm, and that improves the availability of these records to national systems. Several practices focus on how to improve reporting of mental health information while others address how to determine relevant records, how to facilitate broader coordination, or other process improvement efforts.


BJS Website Improvements Page
BJS has recently made some changes to its website based on customer feedback. You can find a list of these improvements on our new website improvements page with links and additional guidance. Thank you for continuing to send us your feedback via the AskBJS email and our online user satisfaction survey. We appreciate hearing how we're doing and what we can do to further address your needs. Work on additional enhancements to improve your experience is ongoing.



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