WEAPONS POLICY

No functional weapons are allowed at Ancient City Con.‭ ‬Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume,‭ ‬subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following guidelines:

 
1‭)  ‬ALL costume weapons must be inspected at the Weapons Check area.‭ ‬Security will thoroughly inspect and mark weapons of any kind to ensure that they are safe and inoperable.
 
2‭)  ‬All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.

3‭)  ‬All weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and must be constructed from safe,‭ ‬lightweight material.‭ ‬Approved materials are:‭ ‬rubber,‭ ‬plastic‭ (‬PVC,‭ ‬worbla,‭ ‬etc.‭)‬,‭ ‬foam,‭ ‬cardboard and papier-mâché.

4‭)  ‬After each weapon has been checked,‭ ‬it will be tagged by security.‭ ‬Security will escort you to the Weapons Check area for inspection if weapons or props have not been properly tagged.‭ ‬Once your weapon(s‭) ‬have been inspected,‭ ‬do not remove the tag for any reason.

5‭)  ‬Costume props that do not pass security inspection must be returned to your vehicle or hotel room immediately.

6‭)  ‬All prop firearms must be incapable of firing projectiles and have an orange cap on the barrel.‭ ‬Projectiles or any type of ammunition are forbidden.‭ ‬BB guns,‭ ‬paintball guns,‭ ‬dart guns,‭ ‬blow guns and water guns and their accompanying ammunition will NOT be permitted.

7‭)  ‬Metal weapons of any kind are forbidden,‭ ‬including hammers,‭ ‬scissors‭ (‬including‭ “‬safety scissors‭”)‬,‭ ‬screwdrivers,‭ ‬saws,‭ ‬chains,‭ ‬nun-chucks,‭ ‬brass knuckles,‭ ‬shields,‭ ‬X-Men-style claws,‭ ‬handcuffs and the like.‭ ‬No‭ “‬live steel‭” ‬is allowed,‭ ‬such as metal swords,‭ ‬knifes or blades of any kind.‭ ‬If you have any of these types of weapons with your costume,‭ ‬please make sure they are made out of approved materials.

8‭)  ‬Small,‭ ‬lightweight,‭ ‬metal objects like Sonic Screwdrivers,‭ ‬Lightsaber handles and umbrellas and wooden wands a la‭ “‬Harry Potter‭” ‬are allowed are allowed,‭ ‬but must not be used as functional weapons.‭ ‬These items will all be subject to weapons check.

9‭)  ‬Costume bows are allowed,‭ ‬insomuch as they are so loosely strung that they cannot shoot projectiles of any kind.‭ ‬Prop arrows are permitted,‭ ‬as long as they are RUBBER tipped,‭ ‬cannot be fired,‭ ‬are made of approved materials and cannot conceivably hurt anyone.

10‭)  ‬Costume swords/daggers made from approved materials are allowed,‭ ‬but may not have any sharp edges.‭ ‬Wooden swords are allowed,‭ ‬but must be tied to your costume in such a way that they cannot be drawn or unsheathed.‭ ‬Security will zip-tie swords to their sheaths to ensure that they cannot be drawn.‭ ‬If you wish to draw your sword to pose for a picture,‭ ‬it must be made of approved materials.‭ ‬Metal blades are not allowed,‭ ‬whether they are sheathed or not.

11‭)  ‬No wooden or aluminum/metal bats are permitted.‭ 

12‭)  ‬Staffs‭ (‬staves‭)‬,‭ ‬similar to those found in‭ “‬Lord of the Rings,‭” ‬for instance,‭ ‬will be allowed,‭ ‬insomuch as they are used for walking and/or decoration,‭ ‬and not as a weapon.‭ ‬Wooden staffs are allowed,‭ ‬but must be lightweight and may not have any sharpened edges or tips.‭ ‬All staffs must be inspected by security.‭ ‬Beards are highly recommended for those carrying staffs.

13‭)  ‬Items such as bullwhips,‭ ‬ropes and lassos are allowed,‭ ‬but must remain rolled and secured at all times.‭ ‬These items will be subject to a weapons check.

14‭)  ‬Do not display your weapons or props in a threatening or menacing manner.‭ (‬For instance,‭ ‬it’s ok to pose for a picture,‭ ‬but cosplayers should not brandish weapons while walking the event floor.‭)

15‭) ‬Keep prop weapons in convention areas.‭ ‬If you leave the premises or go out into public for any reason,‭ ‬please put away any and all prop weaponry immediately.‭ ‬WE understand but the public may not and better to be safe than sorry or trying to explain this to a Police Officer.

 

All prop/costume weapons purchased at the convention must be approved by Ancient City‭ ‬Con security if they are to be carried during the convention.‭ ‬These items must also adhere to the weapons policy

Bags and backpacks are allowed,‭ ‬but are subject to a bag check at the discretion of‭ ‬Ancient City Con staff and security.

If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected and tagged or if you are unwilling to comply with these policies,‭ ‬please leave them at home.‭ 


**‬ANY type Incendiary or flammable weapons are prohibited,‭ ‬including any items that are capable of igniting sparks or flames,‭ ‬burning,‭ ‬exploding or combusting.‭ **

**Failure to willingly comply with Ancient City Con’s official cosplay rules and weapons policy may result in ejection from the convention‭ (‬without a refund‭) ‬and/or potential legal action,‭ ‬if necessary.‭  **


Ancient City Con reserves the right to inspect all costumes and weapons on an individual basis in order to ensure that the event remains completely safe and family-friendly.‭  ‬Those who violate these rules assume all responsibility in the event of injury.