Prop and Weapons Rules
No Real Weapons– No real guns, swords, metal shields. No real ammunition. No explosive Incendiary Deceives. No tazers. These items are completely prohibited and you will be escorted to the doors to put the item(s) away in your car/room.
Airsoft/Paintball– Are not allowed intact, no matter what color they are painted and no matter what color the tip is painted. If your weapon shoots anything other than water or foam darts, you will be asked to put it in your car/room. If the internal workings are removed, it has orange tips and it is repainted a non-realistic color (or is clear), they may be used. Please note: in this case, we definitely prefer clear airsoft guns.
Prop Guns– Absolutely no metal toy guns of any kind. If your gun is made of a colorful plastic or non-metal (like rubber), it is acceptable. They must have an orange cap. We should be able to tell your prop gun isn’t real from a 50 foot distance. Black/realistic metallic colors are allowed for guns which don’t have realistic shape. You are highly advised to submit a picture to us in advance of the convention to determine if your prop’s shape is realistic or not. Ops has the final say at-con and will ask you to put your prop gun in the room/car if it fails to adhere to these requirements.
Baseball Bats– No real wood or metal bats allowed. All plastic is allowed.
Wooden swords, prop canes, staffs, etc- Are permitted, but must be brought to Ops as soon as they come on to the convention grounds to be peace bonded. If you are caught brandishing it at someone threateningly (so, not simply posing for a photo, that’s fine!) or fighting with it (even if you’re joking around), your badge will be punched, and you will be asked to put it in your room.
Bows and Arrows– Are allowed, however: no tips on the arrows, and all bows must remain unstrung for the entirety of the convention. To have your weapon approved and peace bonded, the bow must be unstrung (tied on one end only). If we see you stringing your bow or nocking an arrow, even for a picture, your badge will be punched and you will be asked to put your bow in your room. This does not pertain to holding the arrow in place while posing for a photo, since there’s either just one end tied or no string which can let fly.
Oversized Props, Tools and Weapons- Must be replicated by plastic, light wood, foam, cardboard, ect.
Whips– Whips are allowed but must be worn on the hip. If we see you swinging it (and not just posed for a photo), we will punch your badge and you will be asked to put it in your room/car.
Mostly non-metal prop weapons- If your prop has a metal handle, or hilt, (ex: a Lightsaber or wooden sword), with a metal hand grip or hilt, this is acceptable. Still NO METAL BLADES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED.
Weapons Purchased in the Dealer’s Room– If you purchase a realistic weapon from a dealer, you must put it in your car or room immediately and keep it in its original packaging. This does not include foam props and weapon purchased in Dealer’s Room or Artists Alley.
Email our Security Head, Floyd Matthew Attack Him at Security@sdcon.org for any questions about the Prop and weapons rules.