Nevada Brady Check Fee – National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
The Nevada Brady Check Fee and National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998. NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms.
The Brady Act does allow states to administer the background check process, provided they run checks through the FBI system. States can charge a fee for the administration of the state system. Seeing an opportunity to increase government’s revenue stream, Nevada politicians jumped at the opportunity to operate this system. Although the state gave many justifications, its true motive became obvious in meetings preparing for the change. That motive was, and remains, revenue to the state coffers.
There is a $25 Brady Check fee in Nevada because the state opts to be a Point of Contact (POC) for background checks. That is, instead of using the FBI’s NICS system, which is free for all states to use, Nevada chooses to use its own criminal record database.
This fee must be charged by Nevada FFLs in firearms sales or transfers.