Baltimore Comic Con Amends Its Weapons Policy For Cosplayers And Others

Baltimore Comic-Con cosplay back in 2014…

Baltimore Comic-Con,held on September 2-4, 2016 at the Inner Harbor's Baltimore Convention Center, has announced its new, amended weapons policy.

It used to read like this:

No functional weapons are allowed at the Baltimore Comic-Con. DO NOT BRING REAL SWORDS, GUNS OR ANY TYPE OF AUTHENTIC WEAPON TO THE SHOW. Only props are allowed. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as part of your costume. No projectile weapons (including but not limited to airsoft or paintball weapons) will be allowed! Weapons with a metal blade, regardless if it is dull or sharp, are prohibited!

All simulated or costume weapons are subject to inspection by security or convention staff. Participants found to be in violation of these rules will be subject to removal from the show.

Now it has been amended somewhat. Prop weapons that could be mistaken for real guns, have now been banned. While metal blades now are allowed as long as they have dull blades – which might have something to do with the dull blade sellers already exhibiting at the show. Oh and no fireworks.

The following list is not meant to be all-inclusive and the Baltimore Comic-Con reserves the right to prohibit additional items not listed in this policy. Prohibited items include:

Functional firearms of any kind (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns)
Replica firearms (including reproductions, or toy guns that can be confused for actual firearms by law enforcement)
Sharp-edged (non-dull) bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, sword canes, and switch blades)
Explosives of any type (including black powder, firecrackers, and fireworks)
Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)

So personal attack defense kits out as well. As for those sword sellers…

If you purchase a sharp-bladed weapon (not blunt or rounded) from a Vendor at the convention, please be careful and consider keeping it in its original packaging while you're on the show floor.

Baltimore explicitly welcomes suits of armor, Thor's Uru hammers, Harley's mallets, Cap's shields, etc., and states that they have always been and will always be welcome at their show.

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