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Cosplay Props and Weapons Policy

1. All prop weapons must conform to state and federal law.

2. Do not bring real swords, guns or any other type of an authentic weapon. Only prop (fake) weapons are allowed.

3. Prop weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons; all prop firearms must have an orange cap on the barrel. All prop blades must be dull and have no sharp or cutting edges whatsoever.

4. Airsoft firearms are forbidden, even if they are unloaded.

5. Props should not be able to fire, launch, or eject any type of projectile or object. If your prop has this capability, it must be disabled, unloaded, or otherwise rendered inert. This includes all water pistols, nerf or nerf-like darts or projectiles, and any other projectile.

5. Metal weapons are not permitted. Props should be made of lightweight materials such as foam, cardboard or plastic.

6. Prop swords must be tied/secured to your costume in such a way that they cannot be drawn.

7. Practice swords including bokens and kendo bamboo practice swords are forbidden, as are all chains, spikes, whips, leashes or similar items.

8. Over-sized props that do not fit reasonably through library doorways, walkways, and other public locations are prohibited.

9. There will be absolutely no play-acting or stunt fighting with props allowed during the convention and/or on any part of the library property. This includes but is not limited to the library building, the library grounds, and any offsite event spaces.

10. All prop weapons must be checked by RCNC Security Staff. Once a costume’s props have been checked, it will be tagged by security. All props must be retagged by security at the Props Checkpoint each day of the convention. Security will escort you to the Props Checkpoint for inspection if your costume is not tagged.

11. Prop weapons purchased from vendors at RCNC must be promptly brought to the Props Checkpoint to be inspected and tagged. Props purchased that do not comply with RCNC policies may be left at Registration to be picked up upon the owner’s exit of the convention or owners may take purchased props from the convention, secure them elsewhere such as inside a personal vehicle, hotel room, home, etc. and return without them. Failure to comply with this requirement is grounds for expulsion from RCNC.

Please note that the library will be open to the public for part of the convention. If your prop is deemed to be acceptable BUT found to be overly frightening or likely to cause alarm to our regular patrons, you may be asked to leave your prop at the Props Checkpoint until public hours are over.

RCNC security staff will be monitoring all convention space to make sure all props/weapons adhere to the above rules and regulations. Should you have any questions regarding your item, you may visit the Props Checkpoint at any time to have your items inspected to make sure they adhere to the rules and regulations.