National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

In response to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was created to check available background records on persons who may be disqualified from owning or possessing firearms. At the local level, courts, county and municipal clerks, and law enforcement serve as reporters of information at the local level. They submit data to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) which helps determine an individual’s eligibility to possess firearms in accordance with federal and state law. These partners work together to ensure public and officer safety.

National Resources

State Resources

Court Reporting Requirements & Reporter

Other Resources

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