Baltimore Comic Con Announces a New Weapons Policy for 2017

Baltimore Comic-Con will be held on September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center and the convention has announced a new weapons policy for this year.

Due to recent tragedies as well as new legislation passed by the City of Baltimore, there has been some changes and it is now prohibited to bring weapons of any kind into the convention.

The new legislation passed in the city of Baltimore makes possession of replica guns illegal. Replica guns are subject to seizure and forfeiture, and certain penalties are imposed for possession.

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, but are not limited to:

  1. Firearms of any kind (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns)
  2. Replica firearms (including reproductions, or toy guns that can be confused for actual firearms)
  3. Any projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons, and water guns)
  4. Bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, sword canes, and switch blades)
  5. Explosives of any type (including black powder, firecrackers, and fireworks)
  6. Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  7. Blunt weapons (including bats, mallets, brass knuckles, clubs, and any type of martial arts weapon)
  8. Prop weapons made of anything besides soft plastic or foam. The Baltimore Comic-Con reserves the right to deny admission to individuals attempting to bring any prop into the show deemed unacceptable by staff.

Any replica or prop weapon purchased from a Vendor at the convention must remain in the packaging or be taken out of the convention center.

The above list is meant to “ensure compliance with new legislation in Baltimore,” and the convention strongly encourages everyone to continue wearing the costumes on which they have spent so much time and effort. They realize that this change puts a hamper on some cosplay.

It’s unknown how likely the Baltimore police would enforce such legislation at a convention, but for all the work individuals do and money spent, it may not be the best idea to test it.

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