Project RUTIC is the NCA response to the rising threat of fraudulent copies of firearms documents being used in an attempt to unlawfully acquire legally held firearms in the UK.
Please watch the video below which demonstrates how to carry out some quick and easy checks to verify you have been presented with a genuine document.
You cannot check these security features on a photocopy of a certificate so remember to always see the original certificate at every transaction.
Please remember to look at the photograph of the holder and ensure it resembles the person in front of you too.
If you have any concerns a certificate is not genuine, refuse the sale and contact your firearms licensing department.
You can also report it to Crimestoppers anonymously via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org or via telephone 0800 555 111.
Air weapon certificate
Please note, the Air weapon certificate issued by Police Scotland has slightly different security features:
- The watermark revealed with white light is the ‘chainmail’ pattern
- The background text which fluoresces yellow under UV light reads ‘AIR WEAPON’ not HOME OFFICE
- On the opposite side, the background text that fluoresces blue under UV light reads ‘AIR WEAPON’ not HOME OFFICE
Certificates issued by Police Service of Northern Ireland
Please note, certificates issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland are printed on different security paper to those issued in England, Wales & Scotland. If presented with a PSNI issued certificate please note:
- The watermark in the paper looks like a football symbol
- The text pattern throughout the background of the certificate reads “Police Service of Northern Ireland” and “Firearm Certificate”, these are on 2 separate lines.