If you are a cosplayer headed to the Baltimore Comic-Con, you may want to rethink your Deadshot, Deadpool, Wolverine, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Warcraft, World Series MVP, and Overwatch cosplay, as the Baltimore Comic-Con is banning all weapons (real and fake) at the convention.
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:
- 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)
- Any projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons, and water guns)
- 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)
- Blunt weapons (including bats, mallets, brass knuckles, clubs, and any type of martial arts weapon)
- Prop weapons of any kind
Please note that 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.
There have definitely been a number of tragic events that have happened over the last months that make the convention more sensitive to weapons on the show floor, but this does seem rather excessive.
On the plus side, Baltimore Comic-Con takes place on the same weekend at Dragon-Con in Atlanta, which means most cosplayers will be further south than the Baltimore Convention Center.