Unified Weapons Policy
The purpose of the Unified Weapons Policy is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our attendees and guests while obeying federal, state and local laws along with the policies of the convention venue.
All weapons that convention security determine to appear dangerous, on a case-by-case basis, must be peace bonded before being allowed into convention space. There will be a peace bonding station located near the convention registration area as well as experienced staff/security volunteers performing “mobile peace bonding” throughout the convention. You may also have items peace bonded at the Security Office. Peace Bonding is a method of securing weapon props to keep them safe and also a visual guide that an item has been inspected. It is also an agreement by the attendee to act responsibly with that weapon or prop.
- All fake, prop, or homemade weapons are permitted if they are in no way dangerous to attendees.
- Sufficiently blunt wooden staves, bo sticks, boken, shinai, and swords are permitted. Baseball bats will be allowed as long as they are not being mis-used.
- Bullwhips and other stock whips are permitted provided they are rolled and secured, ideally by peace bonding, and remain that way during the convention.
- Live steel, e.g. swords or knives, are permitted provided the item can be secured in a sheath by peace bonding, and it is not removed at any point during the convention.
- Flail weapons, e.g. Nun-cha-ku, are permitted provided the item can be secured by peace bonding.
- Replicas of live firearms provided they are easily identifiable as props, e.g. an orange tipped barrel, and are peace bonded.
Behavior with weapons and props:
Misuse of any prop weapon, such as swinging it in a public area, causing hazards or menacing others, even in jest, will result in the weapon or prop being deemed unsafe. The skill, or lack thereof, of the person in possession of a weapon is irrelevant to the determination of whether or not it is dangerous. If a weapon or prop is deemed unsafe due to misuse, it must be removed from the convention space for the remainder of the convention.
- Real firearms of any kind (even if not loaded or missing clips.)
- Live steel that cannot be secured in a sheath.
- Projectile weapons. Examples of projectile weapons include, but are not limited to, pellet guns, BB guns, air guns, crossbows, dart guns, Nerf and blowguns. Exceptions may be made for non-live guns that are not loaded and have been disabled. Attendee must prove to convention security that weapon cannot easily be returned to use and item must be peace bonded.
- Flail weapons that cannot be secured.
- Incendiary devices. All devices which spark, shoot flame, burn, smolder, cause combustion or which exist for no purpose other than to be lit with a combustion device.
- Illegal weapons are prohibited. Attendees found to be carrying illegal weapons will be immediately reported to the authorities.
- Self-defense weapons. Examples of self-defense weapons include, but are not limited to, pepper spray, mace, stun guns and tasers.
Vendor Room purchases and prizes:
All prohibited weapons purchased or won as prizes must remain securely packaged in the original box, or be immediately removed from the convention space to be stored in private quarters.
All permitted props and or weapons purchased or won as prizes that are deemed to appear dangerous must be peace bonded if they are to be carried during the convention unless they are left in the original box/packaging.