$2.6 million IT bonding package includes funding for ‘weapons registration system’

    The State Bond Commission is scheduled to vote Friday on $2.6 million in information technology upgrades at three state agencies, including a “special licensing and weapons registration system.”

    The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which includes the State Police and other public safety functions, will receive a share of the money to ”upgrade current information systems which provide background checks for firearm permits and gun sale authorizations. The new system will incorporate e-government (online self-service) capabilities and will allow DESPP to properly manage increased volume of applications.”

    The Day recently reported that DESPP, which enforces the new laws passed after the Newtown school shooting to ban the sale and purchase of certain guns, “received about 50,000 applications for certificates for the rifles and 38,000 for ammunition magazine declarations.”

    The commission’s agenda did not specify how much of the $2.6 million would go to DESPP.

    Funds will also go to the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Developmental Services. DAS will purchase “enterprise content management services.” DDS will invest in two projects, a case management system and an upgrade to the quality of services review application.