All-con Weapon Policy:
This policy is a combination of convention rules and of the laws of the State of Texas. Enforcement of these rules is enacted with Limited Tolerance. Any infraction of these rules may be met with expulsion from the convention without a refund as well as possible law enforcement involvement.
ALL WEAPONS MUST BE PEACE BONDED BY CONVENTION SECURITY
Real Firearms are not permitted in convention space
(including CHL holders)!
Participants may carry approved weapons as long as they pertain to a costume being worn at the time. Drawing of weapons, horseplay or careless handling of weapons in public areas are not allowed and will result in expulsion from the convention without refund.
Replica Firearms -
Loaded projectile weapons are prohibited. This includes any weapons capable of shooting any type of projectiles (including water pistols, and air-soft). Possession of air-soft pellets or other types of ammunition in convention space will result in expulsion from the convention without refund.
Any realistic firearm, real or otherwise, will be checked at Con Ops. If Con Ops does not allow the weapon, it must be put in your room or vehicle. Previously "real" firearms must be permanently inert. (You canít just take out the firing pin!)
Edged weapons (knives, swords, etc) -
Edged weapons for sale must be displayed out of reach of attendees and may not be handled by attendees in "traffic" areas. Any edged weapon sold during the course of the convention must be sealed in a box and the buyer should be referred to Con security for peace-bonding prior to the weapon returning to con space.
All sharpened edges that are part of a costume must be sheathed and peace tied. You will need to check any weapon with Con Ops to make sure that the weapon is bound. The convention has final say on whether the weapon may be brought in. Practice swords and non-sharpened weapons must be tied to the belt or back scabbard.
The only times at which edged weapons may be drawn will be as follows:
• On stage at the costume contest
All costume contestants planning to use weapons on stage must present their weapons for inspection and demonstrate their intended use for the staff at the time of the contest. Any unauthorized weapons or actions involving weapons onstage or backstage will result in disqualification and any further actions deemed necessary by Con Ops.
• In a designated area for photo ops
• Pre-approved Demonstrations
Other weapons (clubs, bats, etc) -
All non-sharpened weapons, wooden, and home-made will be checked with Con Ops.
All staves and pole arms must be kept vertical.
All laser devices are prohibited including laser pointers, laser sights. Weapons with permanent mounted lasers will not be allowed.
All persons handling weapons do so at their own risk. All decisions made by the staff regarding the Weapon Policy are final.† Please note that the Weapons policy is subject to change and may be done so with or without advanced notice.