National Instant Check System (NICS)

Gun Ownership Brady Law Disqualifiers


One of the many functinons of the Vermont Criminal History Repository is to provide information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding convictions which impact an individuals right to possess or purchase a firearm.  The National Instant Check System was mandated by the Brady Act (1993) and was activated in 1998.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is maintained by the FBI and provides Federal Firearms Licensed dealers instant information regarding a prospective firearm purchaser's status regarding conviction disqualifications. 


Individuals are by law disqualified from owning, possessing or purchasing a firearm if they have; a felony conviction, a domestic assault conviction, a stalking conviction, or a domestic assault charge that was amended to an offense where there is an element of violence on the Criminal History record.

An example of a charge which there is an element of violence would be, but not limited to, simple assault.

Upon receipt of a disqualifying conviction on an individual from the courts the VCIC forwards the appropriate identifying information to the FBI for inclusion in the NICS database.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System click on the link below to view the FBI NICS website:

Contact Information

Vermont Crime Information Center
45 State Drive
Waterbury,  VT  05671-1300
Tel: 802.244.8727
Fax: 802.241.5552

Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday