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Weapons Policy

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In 2013, we changed the weapons policy to allow you more freedom with your costumes while still maintaining our usual level of security and safety.

You will be free to carry and display your prop-weapon throughout the Gateway Center provided they meet our Weapons Policy Guidelines. You will also be able to "carry and display" your prop-weapons in the DoubleTree hotel without peace-bonding until 9 p.m. each night provided they meet our guidelines. Even though your prop weapon hasn’t been peace bonded, you are expected to carry it in a responsible manner.

After 9 p.m., if you plan to be in the DoubleTree hotel enjoying the Dance and the parties, we ask that you return your prop-weapons to your room or have them peace-bonded by one of our Security staff.

Weapons Policy Guidelines

  • No real fire arms are allowed at Archon. Pursuant to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, 430 IL CS 66/65 concealed carry is prohibited inside Gateway Center or on its immediate property. See below.
  • Simulated or prop-weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and in compliance with the following:
  • All prop-weapons must conform to federal and Illinois state law.
  • ll steel or metal edged weapons that are deemed capable of causing injury or damage must be peace-bonded in such a way that they cannot be drawn.
  • ll prop-weapons based off of a projectile weapon (Airsoft gun, Paintball gun, Nerf gun, etc.) must be rendered incapable of firing a projectile. Stock Airsoft guns should retain their orange safety tip.
  • As our Security personnel walk the hallways at Archon, you may be asked if they can inspect your prop-weapon to insure they are in compliance. If you do not want to have your prop-weapons inspected, or if you are not willing to comply with this policy, please do not bring your prop-weapons to Archon.
  • Should our Security personnel see you using your prop-weapon in a way that could harm others or damage property, you may be subject to one or more of the following:
  • Security will ask you to return your prop-weapon to your hotel room or vehicle.
  • Confiscation of your badge and removal from the convention.
  • If an injury or property damage has occurred, you will be turned over to Collinsville law enforcement.
  • Due to the congestion in the halls near the Dance, Hospitality, and Party area, all prop-weapons are required to be peace-bonded while in the DoubleTree hotel after 9 p.m. This is to prevent accidents to both your prop-weapon and your fellow convention attendees while trying to navigate the crowded hallways.

    If you are unwilling to have your prop-weapon peace-bonded, please stay in the Gateway Center and enjoy our late night panels or, return your prop-weapons to your hotel room.

    The Hall Costume Contest Staff will remove the peace-bonding from your prop-weapons upon request. You can then pose for pictures with your prop-weapons. The peace-bonding will need to be reapplied before you leave the Hall Costume Contest area.

    We encourage you to visit the Collinsville area businesses as part of your Archon weekend, but please keep in mind the community outside of Archon may not always accept nor understand costuming. Please be aware your costume might cause alarm, so please act accordingly when not at the Convention.