Well, I guess it was inevitable. Comic-con has instituted slight changes to the prop weapons policy for cosplaying. In light of Phoenix comic con’s situation with somebody trying to bring a real gun onto the convention floor, fan conventions across the country have gone all “code red” in respects to weapons. Here are a couple reactions.
Here’s the official policy:
Costume Props Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at Comic-Con. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:
- All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Costume Props Desk, located near the outside door in the lobby of Hall E.
- New for 2017: A second Costume Props Desk has been added near the outside door in the lobby of Hall C2.
- All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.
- Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.
- Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
- Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
- Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at the Costume Props Desk.
- At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Exhibit Hall.
- After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.
- Security will escort you to the Costume Props Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.