AN ACT TO CLARIFY CERTAIN LAWS RELATING TO THE FILING OF DOCUMENTS BY THE CLERK OF COURT, TO DIRECT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PILOT MAGISTRATE/CLERK STAFFING PROJECT, AND TO REPEAL A SEPARATE MENTAL HEALTH RECORD CHECK REQUIREMENT FOR A PISTOL PURCHASE PERMIT UPON COMPLETION OF RECORD DIGITIZATION.
Under current law, GS 14-404(c1) directs the clerk of superior court to transmit data relevant to the factors that disqualify a person from getting a permit to purchase or transfer a handgun to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Current law also requires that the relevant data be entered and maintained by the clerks in the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and directs the clerk of superior court to determine which information can be practicably be transmitted to NICS and to transmit that information within 48 hours of making that determination. Amends this subsection to require that the data be transmitted providing there is a request from NICS for the transmission of the data and that the data can be transmitted in a format acceptable to NICS. Becomes effective January 1, 2016.
Directs the AOC to report its findings and recommendations regarding the effective transmission of the information required under GS 14-401(c1) to NICS, as amended in this act, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by October 1, 2015. Requires that the Rules of Recordkeeping be amended to be consistent with the provisions of GS 14-404(c1), as amended in this act.
Except as otherwise indicated, this act becomes effective when it becomes law.
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