The organizers of the Baltimore Comic-Con have updated the weapons policy for the upcoming convention that will be held on September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center.
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. Further details can be found at the following link: https://baltimore.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2840575&GUID=C68FF372-6696-437B-B4EE-27C0371C25C4
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 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.
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.
Seems like a reasonable weapons policy request for those attending the show. While it may seem to hinder cosplayers and those selling prop replicas, overall safety seems to be the conventions main concern.