Weapons Policy

WEAPONS/PROPS PURCHASE & COSPLAY – REGULATIONS FOR PUBLIC

The policy of Supanova Pop Culture Expo is that each of its visitors and workers shall be provided with a safe and healthy place to work and visit. To achieve this, Supanova will make every reasonable effort in areas of accident prevention, hazard control and removal, injury protection and health preservation to every practical extent. In conjunction with this policy, the following series of safe weapon and prop rules have been established.

All Supanova attendees, exhibitors and staff must comply with all Federal, State and local laws and regulations regarding weapons, imitation weapons and props, as well as their usage.

Attendees are reminded that while travelling to and from the event, to make sure due care is taken on your behalf to ensure any weapons or props, which could cause public alarm, are stored in bag or in a storage container.

Supanova attendees are not permitted to possess or bring to the convention grounds any actual weapons. All attendees must be aware that each state has different rules to different items which can be carried. For more detailed descriptions and definitions of banned items, please check the government’s weapons act for the State involved. Unlawful possession of weapons is an offence and local authorities will be contacted.

There are mandatory inspections performed by Supanova staff or security staff for all Expo attendees with any type of non-firearm weapon, replica or props. Please remember that Metal props or weapons are strictly prohibited on convention grounds.

DISCLAIMER: Weapons and Props required to be cloaked are done so at the owner’s risk. While every care is taken to make sure that items brought to or at the event are safe, Supanova takes no responsibility for any damage dealt to props, weapons or cosplay items either on the person, or kept in the weapons check-in desk.

Please adhere to the following restrictions:

– One Metre (1m) Length Restriction: All props and weapons cannot be over 1m in length inside the convention. However there is no length restriction outside the venue in common public areas such as convention centre lobbies and showground outdoor areas. When you are going inside the Supanova event, visit Cosplay HQ to check-in your prop or weapon where you can collect them from any time you need them.

– No Actual firearms: These include bb/airsoft, modern, hunting or historic, either functioning or de-commissioned.

-No Replica firearms: Anything that is designated a replica made from metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber is not to be brought onto expo grounds.

-Toy/Prop Guns require Orange Tips: These are required to have orange safety tips at all times on convention grounds, however they can be removable for photography or competition purposes as long as they are re-attached when moving around the convention. They may not be made out of any prohibited material listed for replica weapons including metal.

-No firing projectiles: Props or weapons capable of firing any projectile of any kind are prohibited.

-No utilising of powder charge or flammable fuel: Props or weapons that utilise a powder charge are prohibited, including cap guns. So too are any items that contain flammable fuel (liquid or gas).

-Nerf guns must be unloaded: Nerf guns, Nerf bows and other foam dart guns (including modified versions) are allowed, but must be unloaded – foam darts/projectiles are prohibited on expo grounds.

-No functional bows/slingshots/crossbows: Real, functioning bows, slingshots and crossbows are not permitted on expo grounds. Non-functional prop versions are permitted provided they are not over the length limit, not made of metal and have no high-tensile stringing. Real arrows and other items used in bows or slingshots are also prohibited, however prop arrows are permitted provided they not made of prohibited material such as metal and carbon fibre, are securely attached to your costume and not loose at any time.

-No Laser Pointers: If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it cannot function (e.g. removing the batteries). If you are seen to be using a Laser Pointer anywhere within the expo, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the event.

-No Metal Weapons or Props: Due to the weight and the sharp edges involved with metal items, these are not permitted at Supanova. Items bought at Supanova which are metal must remain in packaging until you leave the expo site. This includes all Cast, Laser Cut and Forged props of any kind. Example prohibited materials: Steel, Aluminium, Bronze, Copper and Brass. Props included but are not limited to: Shields, Swords/Daggers/Knives and Poles/Rods.

Metal armour is allowable, however can have no sharp edges or points that could cause harm to a person (including yourself), or damage to equipment, structures or environment.

-No active martial arts weapons: Examples include nunchaku, throwing stars and any weapon made for actual martial arts combat. Prop versions are allowed as long as they are not made of metal or have sharp points or edges.

-Avoid excessive weight: Props and weapons with an excessive weight are subject to approval by the Supanova weapons check-in team at the Cosplay HQ. There is no set weight limit, however, if it is deemed to be too heavy or unsafe, it will be requested that the item is presented to weapons check-in for the duration of the event.

If the items are not approved during inspection, they are prohibited on convention grounds. Non-approved items must be securely stored in the attendee’s hotel room, vehicle or home.

How can I tell if my weapon is considered a replica?
A replica weapon is classified as an exact reproduction of a real weapon, can be easily or rightfully mistaken for a real weapon, and/or possess no obvious features that distinguish it from an illegal or prohibited weapon.

Depending on your state legislation, you may require an authority to possess (permit) a replica weapon; however, possession of a permit does not allow the item to be permitted at Supanova.

Toys or props made to look like a real weapon, but cannot be mistaken for a working firearm or weapon and does not have the ability function as a firearm, are permitted. Where there is a strong resemblance to a real firearm, an orange safety cap is required.

As there is an obvious requirement for personal judgement in many cases, whether by security, staff or other patrons, the requirement for weapon check-in, or weapon alteration (to include an orange/yellow tip to the weapon, or removal of sharp edges) may be advised on a case by case basis. All patrons and exhibitors are requested to comply with the request of staff, as per the terms and conditions of entry to the event.

Items purchased while at Supanova
Attendees who purchase imitation or replica weapon, such as metal movie/tv swords, knives, sabres and staffs from the Vendors/Exhibitors Hall must not remove items from their original packaging until they have been secured in their hotel room or vehicle.

To use the purchased item as a prop or costume piece, items must be presented to registration staff in their original packaging. If the Supanova weapons check-in team at Cosplay HQ approves the item, it may be used in accordance with our weapons policy guidelines and your best sense of judgment. Again, if the items are not approved, then they are prohibited on expo grounds out of their original packaging. Non-approved items must then be securely stored in the attendee’s hotel room, vehicle or left at the weapons check-in desk until they are leaving the event.

Weapons or dangerous items to be autographed must be packaged and cloaked at Cosplay HQ until such time as they are ready to be signed. Seek assistance from Staff before removing items from packaging.

Important Legal Stuff
Supanova Pop Culture Expo will not be held legally responsible or liable for any misconduct, damages, injuries or death resulting from the actions of any Supanova attendee. Any inappropriate behaviour or misconduct by any attendee will be not be tolerated by Supanova Pop Culture Expo or local authorities. Please use your best judgment and discretion by refraining from swinging weapons around, as there is always the possibility of injuring other convention attendees.

If you have any more questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.