SAFE WEAPONS & PROPS PRACTICE

Regulation for Public

Here at HobbyCon, we wish to ensure safety and enjoyment throughout the event. Thus, we are enforcing these rules hoping to keep the event safe and ensure that everyone can enjoy the event without any mishaps.

All HobbyCon 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.

** This is a kind reminder, in order to avoid causing public alarm, kindly package and cloak your weapons/props before reaching the event.

Please obey the following rules:

– NO Actual firearms:

“Don’t set your arms on fire!“
These include bb/airsoft, modern, hunting and/or historic firearms and /or items are strictly prohibited throughout the event surroundings.

– NO Replica firearms:

“Ehmahgerd, so real!
Anything that is designated a replica made from metal; solid resin/plastic/rubber is not to be brought to the venue. (Replica means 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.  Toy guns or scratch build foam guns are not considered replica but if you are unsure, you may check with us.)

- Put on orange tip cover for toy/prop guns:

“Hi, I’m orange!”
It is a must to have safe cover tip at all times. However, you can remove them for a photo-shoot or competition as long as re-attached when walking about, including inside AND outside the hall.

- NO Pyrotechnics:

“THIS.PROP.IS ON FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”
Fireworks/anything to do with fire/explosive items are strictly prohibited throughout the event surroundings.

- Keep all items UNLOADED and NON-Projectiles:

“Locked and UNLOADED.”
Toy guns, toy bows and other foam dart guns (including NERF guns and/or modified versions) are allowed, but must be unloaded – foam darts/projectiles are prohibited at the venue.

-No functional bows/slingshots/crossbows:

“I used to be an adventurer like you.”
I don’t have a knee busted by an arrow to tell you that story though. As long as your props are non-functional, they are permitted provided they are not over the length limit (which requires you to conceal or keep them aside), 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 are not made of prohibited material such as metal or carbon fibre, are securely attached to your costume and not loose at any time.

- No laser pointers: 

“Avoid distracting felines!”
If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it is off (e.g. no batteries). If you are seen to be using a Laser Pointer anywhere within the event hall, we shall have it confiscated and returned at the end of the event.

-No metal prop/weapon:

“No life! Oh wai- not talking about music here.”
Due to the weight and sharp edges involved, these metal props and weapons are not allowed in event hall. Metal props sold by vendors must remain in packaging/concealed safely until you leave the venue. This includes all casts, laser cuts, and/or forged props of any kind. Example: steel, aluminium, bronze, copper and brass.

We allow metal armour, provided the armour has 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:

“Be water, my friend.”
Examples include nunchaku, shuriken 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:

“Light as a feather, but don’t be too stiff as a board.”
Props and weapons with an excessive weight are subject to approval by the HC check-in team. 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.

- DO NOT FLAIL your weapons/props:

I too, like to swing that way. But not until someone gets hurt!”
Please refrain from swinging weapons around, including outdoors. You may not mean it but we have heard of mishaps before when passers-by get hit or hurt by props. If it’s for a video, please ensure the surrounding area is clear of any people or crowd. Those who are joining the Cosplay Showdown, you may do flail actions in your performance or make it as a note if you want to flail as an action pose. This rule does not apply to Fightsaber performers during performance on stage as well as kids’ lightsaber training.


IMPORTANT NOTE:
HOBBYCON will not be held legally responsible or liable for any misconduct, damages, injuries or death resulting from the actions of any HC X attendee. Any inappropriate behaviour or misconduct by any attendee will not be tolerated by HOBBYCON or local authorities. If the items are not approved during inspection, you may be stopped from entering the venue hall until you have stored them securely in the weapons check counter, vehicle or home.

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