Hi everyone, sorry for the long wait. If you’re looking for the rules and guidelines for all your props & weapons, you’ve come to the right place! All prop weapons must be inspected and peace bonded (if approved). I know many of you have questions, but please READ BEFORE POSTING.
General Rules: http://www.anime-expo.org/information/
(Click on Policies, then Weapons Policy.)
ALL PROP WEAPONS must be submitted to Weapons Policy at any Peace Bonding station at Anime Expo. This thread is only meant to help you figure out if your prop would be approved.
1. Under 7 ft.
2. Under 15 lbs.
3. The only place metal is allowed is in the handle (i.e. metal-handled lightsaber).
- EXCEPTION: Blunt metal swords with lockable sheath. (Please refer to the swords section below for details.)
1. Any and all projectile weapons must be PERMANENTLY disabled (firing mechanisms/springs removed), and with the barrel(s) filled in with a PERMANENT substance (such as hot glue, caulk, etc.)
These include, but are certainly not limited to: Airsoft guns, pellet guns, BB guns, rubber band guns, NERF guns, etc...
- The ONLY exception to this is for emptied, see-through water guns. Those must stay empty while on convention grounds.
1. The silhouette must look like a futuristic gun.
All realistic looking guns must follow the following criteria:
1. Cannot be a real gun; must follow previously mentioned gun criteria .
2. Regardless of having an orange/red tip, it must be PAINTED or TAPED (see FAQ for more details) approximately 50% of the following colors, either single-color or in some kind of pattern:
b. bright red
c. bright orange
d. bright yellow
e. bright green
f. bright blue
g. bright pink
h. bright purple
3. The only other option for colors is for the gun to be predominantly transparent.
By "realistic," the following is included: modern guns, antique guns, all-wood guns/rifles, steampunk-style guns (depending on the color and amount of steampunk elements added), etc...
Examples of realistic guns: Yoko Ritona's gun from Gurren Lagann.
NOTE: These rules for prop guns are designed to abide by California Law (http://ag.ca.gov/fir.../dwcl/12551.php). There's also additional information thanks to BryantQ (http://community.ani...89).
We are aware that some dealers in Exhibit Hall sell various types of guns. Those guns are for private use, not to be brought out in public. As long as you are on convention center grounds, you must keep it in the box, or store it in Bag Check, your car, or your hotel. Additionally, some of you have been to other conventions with different policies. Anime Expo is none of those other conventions, and as such, we have our own weapons policy.
1. All swords must be BLUNT (i.e. not sharp). This includes the tip. (If you can open a letter with it, it is too sharp.)
2. NO LIVE STEEL. "Live steel" is any metal sharpened to the point where it can cut.
1. Must have a sheath.
a. Sheath must have some kind of anchor (i.e. a hole) on both the sword and sheath that can allow for zip-ties to be tied from the sheath to the sword.
Example: Bleach character Urahara's sword Benihime: has no anchor on the sheath. Solution: Drill a hole (wide enough for a zip tie to pass through).
Example: Naruto Shippuden character Sasuke's sword: it has no anchor on the sheath AND sword. Unless you can find a way to drill holes in the sheath AND sword, just get the wooden one.
2. Metal swords cannot be taken out of sheath on convention grounds
a. The only exception is for Masquerade performers, ONLY during Masquerade, provided that their sword is blunt as a spoon.
3. NO LIVE STEEL AT ALL!!
1. Must not be sharp.
2. Cannot be a bokken (thick wooden sword) or shinai (bamboo sword, used for kendo).
NOTE: There is a reason "NO LIVE STEEL" is stated three times.
These also apply to things like kunai, shuriken, knives, or any other sharp objects.
The only things that are completely banned are (metal) throwing knives, which are illegal in Los Angeles.
1. Cannot be metal.
2. Must have safety colors (see gun section).
3. Preferably hollowed out (for items like dynamite sticks) and/or lightweight.
a. Any and all bats cannot be made of metal or wood.
2. Golf clubs
a. Cannot be made of metal or wood - bring plastic ones.
1. Non-sharp equipment (example: wooden spoons, pots, etc...)
a. Cannot be made of metal.
2. Sharp equipment (example: knives, graters, etc...)
a. NOT allowed.
NON POWER TOOLS:
1. Cannot be made of metal
a. If we get a whisper of a words that someone is using non-power tools in an irresponsible way, we can add them to the banned list.
a. Cannot be a real boomerang
2. Bow and/or arrows
a. Cannot be a real bow and/or arrow
b. Arrow must have a blunt tip
c. Bow must be unstrung or have low-tensile thread, string, etc...
- Examples of low-tensile material: yarn, shoelace, etc.
- Basically, nothing that can be stretched that will bounce back.
a. If it's a cane for medical reasons: nothing is needed.
b. All other types of canes: cannot be metal.
a. If the chain is metal, it must be 12 inches or under, and no more than 1 inch thick.
b. If the chain is not metal, under a reasonable length so that it doesn't pose a fire hazard or cause other people to trip (post questions about this)
a. Cannot be metal
a. Cannot be metal or solid wood (i.e. for martial arts)
THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET PEACEBONDED ANYWAY EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED IT (technically) SO YOU DON'T GET STOPPED:
1. Giant fans
2. Sword umbrellas
3. Kitchen equipment (minus a few restrictions; see above)
4. Sports equipment (minus a few restrictions; see above)
THINGS THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO GET PEACEBONDED
1. Musical instruments
2. Sports equipments that are not included in the sports equipment section
1. Paddles (those used in corporal punishment): includes but certainly not limited to yaoi/yuri paddles.
2. Airsoft guns.
3. Any projectile weapons.
Guns: only emptied water guns are allowed.
Bows: cannot be strung or must use a low tensile strength material (like yarn).
4. Working weapons.
5. Martial arts weapons.
- This includes things like bokken (thick wooden swords), shinai (kendo swords), staffs, nunchucks, escrima sticks, etc...
6. Power tools.
- Signs with words (English, foreign, or otherwise) are banned including, but not limited to solicitations (i.e. "Yaoi for $$$") or other general signs (i.e. "Rawr means I love you in dinosaur")
8. Costumes that may be confused with LOCAL law enforcement or emergency personnel.
9. Handcuffs when handcuffed to another person.
11. All-metal keyblades, because it has metal other than the handle, and no sheath.
FAQs (extended from website version):
Peace bonding means that you, the attendee, show visible proof that a prop weapon meets with the Anime Expo ® weapons policy. What that means for you is that you must head to one of the peace bonding stations in order to get your prop weapon peace bonded.
Can I peace bond my own prop?
No. This defeats the purpose of having peace bonding.
Is it okay if I cut the peace bond shorter?
No, it is not okay. You may not tamper with the peace bond in any way. It must remain visible to show that the prop in question has been inspected and approved.
What's changed in the policy from last year?
The definition of “prop weapon” has been clarified. In addition to that, we are now allowing prop guns such as (but not limited to) airsoft and Nerf guns, under these conditions: (1) the firing mechanism is permanently disabled, and (2) the barrels are filled in with a permanent substance (such as hot glue or caulk). Our policy on water guns, however, remains the same (must be completely see-through and remain empty at the convention).
What is live steel?
Live steel is any metal sharpened that can cut. For metal swords, the blade, including the tip, must be as blunt as spoon.
Where can I put my weapon (that's not approved) if I do not have a car or a hotel room?
At the bag check in West Hall. There is a $5 fee for such props, so be forewarned and prepare ahead of time.
But XYZ convention allowed my prop weapon, why not here?
XYZ convention is not Anime Expo® and Anime Expo® is not XYZ convention. We allow some things XYZ does not allow and vice versa.
What are safety colors?
They are basically colors that are generally accepted as not being related to incendiary devices such as guns, grenades, etc. The acceptable colors are: white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, bright purple, or have your prop be mostly transparent.
I have a realistic looking gun but it looks terrible with the safety colors. Can’t you just let it go?
No. Anime Expo® will comply with California regulations regarding safety colors. You may either paint on the colors or adhere the color with colored tape (such as Duct tape) [This means that you have to get something that has a strong stickiness like Duct tape or gaffer's tape in the safety color that you tape onto your prop. Tape such as painter’s tape or Scotch tape that's been colored with marker is not acceptable]. Having bits of colored paper and taping them on with something similar to Scotch tape is also not allowed.
Where are the peace bonding tables?
This year, we are located in South Hall (next to Registration) and in West Hall (next to Bag Check).
Can I take my prop to the main events hall?
Yes, as long as it's small (i.e. able to fit inside a bag or under your seat) and is not in anyone's way. This is so that the prop doesn't pose a fire hazard problem.
I just bought this at the dealer's hall, is it okay?
Look through the Weapons Policy and if it complies, then come to one of the peace bonding stations to get it approved (if you want to carry it). Otherwise, leave it in the original package and/or bag.
For at-con people who come to the peace bonding station: Where's ABC workshop/panel/room/gathering/etc...?
Please refer to your guide book that is handed out in the goodie bags at the end of the registration process. For information on where gatherings are, please find an Information Services booth and ask them.
Are we allowed to mock fight?
No, and it is included in the code of conduct. Play fighting, brandishing, etc. puts others in harm’s way and therefore puts you at risk for getting your badge taken away.
What are the rules for weapons participating in Masquerade?
If you're a participant in Main Masquerade, then all you have to worry is that the prop in question is not live steel, not a real gun, and doesn't hurt others. However, if your prop doesn’t comply with the general weapons policy, it will not be allowed at the convention other than during Masquerade. All other masquerades (such as Chibi Masquerade) follow the general weapons policy.
What about whips?
Whips are under our banned list of items.
If you did not find the answer to your question after you've read through all that, then feel free to ask away. I understand that a lot of props fall under grey areas, so I'm here to help shed some light and get you answers.
Guidelines to help me help you:
- Read through everything first. Most people can find their answers right away by doing this.
- In your post, state your cosplay, prop, and materials your prop is made of.
- If you have photos of the prop itself, please post them! The more details, the better.
- Be specific! I can only give half-baked answers to half-baked questions.