NO JELLO-SHOTS. Anyone found in possession of or distributing any "Jello shots" will have their badge taken and be removed from the Convention. No exceptions.
Again... We want everyone to have a great time. We try to keep the "rules" to a minimum, but those which are in place, will be strictly enforced.
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ARCHON WEAPON POLICY : NEW FOR ARCHON 36
We’ve changed our Weapons Policy to allow you more freedom with your costumes while still maintaining our usual level of security and safety. What has changed? This year, you are now allowed to carry and display some of your prop weapons at the Gateway Center until 6 p.m. each day provided it meets the requirements described below. Notice that we said “carry and display”. Even though your prop weapon hasn’t been peace bonded, you are expected to carry it in a responsible manner.
Should our Security personnel see you using your prop weapon in a way that could harm others or damage property; you will be asked to remove the prop weapon from the Gateway Center. Our regular Weapons Policy still applies at the Doubletree hotel and in at the Gateway Center after 6 p.m.
The management and staff reserve the right to require for the removal from the convention of any item deemed dangerous to persons or property at any time in addition to the requirements of this policy.
The management and staff also reserve the right to require anyone acting in a manner deemed unsafe to forfeit their membership and leave the convention. This can lead to consequences including legal action.
No weapons capable of firing a projectile of any sort are allowed in any convention spaces. This includes fire arms of any kind, air pistols, air soft or paint ball guns or even Nerf weapons. Any replica weapons or converted Nerf or other weapons MUST be rendered permanently incapable of firing by removal of critical parts.
Any bows or crossbows must be unstrung and the string must not be present on site. All arrows or crossbow quarrels must be in a quiver at all times and must be peace bonded in that quiver.
ANY replica firearms of any type must be peace bonded at all times with the exception of on stage during the masquerade and during the photo session immediately following the masquerade or in the Hall Costume Photo Area. Weapons must be re-bonded before leaving the masquerade or Hall Contest Photo Area. Drawing a firearm at any other time is extremely serious and can result in immediate action by convention staff or in a very unfavorable interaction with local law enforcement.
ANY steel or metal edged weapons or weapon that is deemed capable of causing injury or damage must be peace bonded at all times with the exception of on stage during the masquerade and during the photo session immediately following the masquerade or in the Hall Costume Photo Area. Weapons must be re-bonded before leaving the masquerade or Hall Contest Photo Area. Drawing live steel at any other time is extremely serious and can result in immediate action by convention staff or in a very unfavorable interaction with local law enforcement.
In the hotel all other weapons must be peace bonded at all times except in the Hall Costume Photo Area. Weapons must be re-bonded before leaving the masquerade or Hall Contest Photo Area. This includes ANY weapon or ANY materials. Staffs, staves and broom are included in this policy unless needed for a medical reason or constructed of extremely light material such light weight PVC pipe or bamboo.
In the Convention Center and only in the Convention Center between the hours of opening and 6:00 PM replica non firearm weapons of light construction are exempt from the peace bonding requirements. This will include melee weapons constructed of foam, foam core, light cardboard or PVC pipe that will bend rather than being able to strike a hard blow. Large weapons or devices that are made of heavy material such as plywood or extremely rigid plastic or other composite materials must still be peace bonded.
Even for items that do not require peace bonding the Convention expects them to be handled in a mature and safe manner. The halls become extremely crowded and waving a weapon around, even one made of foam, can result in injury or damage. Be aware of where you are and who and what is around you. The Convention will have a zero tolerance rule for these items. The first time someone is seen using an item in a manner that is inconsistent with the safety of those around them they will be required to remove the object from all convention areas. If that person is seen with that item in a convention area again, or acts in an unsafe manner a second time they will forfeit their membership and be removed from the convention.