P O L I C I E S : P R O P S
Regarding Props, Weapons, and Replicas:
1. Disallowed Items:
The following items are not allowed in Convention Space, even if concealed:
Any real firearm or ammunition (no exception is made for concealed carry) - Panelists have special permissions for displays.
Any functioning projectile weapon, device, or toy; including items meant to be thrown
Live steel (sharp enough to cut) - Panelists have special permissions for displays.
Props wide or long enough to inhibit traffic
Any illegal weapon or illegal replica
Any item or prop that could be used as a weapon, used in a dangerous manner, or may appear to be dangerous, must be peace-bonded before being carried in Convention Space, even if the dangerous use is not the intended function of the item. For example, a toy sword made out of foam must be peace-bonded as it could be dangerous if swung around, and it may not be clear from a distance how dangerous it is. As another example, a teddy bear does not need to be peace-bonded as it is obviously harmless.
Peace-bonding is an agreement to carry your prop safely. When your item is peace-bonded, a staff member will attach a peace-tie to your item. The peace-tie signals to all staff that your item has been reviewed. Peace-bonding will be conducted at the Registration Table by any Staff or M7 volunteer who is available to check your prop.
3. Prop Requirements:
In addition to peace-bonding requirements, the following requirements hold:
Potentially dangerous props may only be carried as part of a bona fide costume.
Weapon replicas or props must not be brandished or waved around in an unsafe manner.
Replica firearms or replica projectile weapons must never be pointed at anyone.
Replica pistols must remain in a holster, replica rifles must remain slung, and bladed items must be kept in their sheaths, except while posing for a photo.
Projectile items or replica firearms are allowed only if they are, or have been made, permanently non-functional. "Permanently" means it is not possible to repair or restore the item to functionality.
Thank you for your cooperation regarding props, weapons, and replicas!