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Weapons Policy

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 under no circumstances allowed 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.

There are mandatory inspections performed by Supanova staff or security staff for all Expo attendees with any type of non-firearm weapon, imitation replica or props. As a general rule, no metal allowed. Further rules are as below.

1. Guns and projectile weapons
Actual firearms including airsoft, modern, hunting or historic, either functioning or de-commissioned, are not permitted at Supanova. Replica firearms made from metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber are not to be brought onto convention grounds. All other firearms/projectile weapons 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.

No props or weapons capable of firing any projectile or powder charge of any kind. This is for the safety of both yourself and the people around you. Nerf guns and other foam dart guns ARE allowed, but they must not have any foam darts loaded at any time.

Bows and slingshots are allowed, however, they must be de-strung. There must be no capacity to fire any object from the bow or slingshot. Arrows and other items used in bows or slingshots are prohibited.

Supanova does not allow ANY laser pointers to be used on the convention grounds. If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it cannot function by either removing the batteries, or simply not bringing it.

If firearm or projectile weapons are deemed unacceptable by Supanova management, local authorities will be contacted.

2. Swords, blades, knives and other melee weapons
Metal swords, metal knives and other active martial arts weapons are not allowed to be brought onto any of the convention grounds. Failure to comply will result in banning from the event and local authorities will be contacted.

If you buy a metal sword, knife or martial arts weapons at the convention, this is covered below in Section 4.

3. Weapon prop length, weight and shape restrictions
No props or weapons exceeding 1 metre in length are allowed to be carried around the Expo grounds. If they are found to exceed this length, they are to be immediately taken to the weapons check-in desk and checked in there until you leave the convention or require the item for competition, photography or other special commitments (E.g. guest autographs).

No items can have sharp points, sharp edges, excessive weight or any other features that could be deemed dangerous to others (E.g. we do not allow metal replica samurai swords, “BB guns/air guns” even if they are not loaded). If the items are not approved during inspection, they are forbidden on convention grounds. Non-approved items must be securely stored in the attendee’s hotel room, vehicle or home. Failure to comply will result in being escorted off the event premises and banned from the event.

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.

Please consider how heavy your props are because you’re going to either be carrying them all day, or be forced to check them in at the weapons check-in desk if they are deemed too heavy to be at the event. The weapons check-in is NOT a cloak room; it is storage for items which Supanova deems unsuitable to be on the convention floor.

If you purchase a weapon or prop at Supanova and it is over 1 metre in length, this is covered below in section 4.

4. Items purchased while at Supanova
Attendees who purchase imitation or replica weapon such as metal movie swords or knives 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 Supanova weapons check-in team at the Cosplay HQ approves the item, it may be used in accordance with our weapons policy guidelines and of course your best sense of judgment. Again, if the items are not approved, then they are forbidden on convention 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. Failure to comply will result in being escorted off premises and banned from the event.

5. 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 behavior 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 email us.