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Weapons Policy | GenreCon

GenreCon Weapons Policy


GenreCon is vitally interested in the ongoing health and safety of our employees, as well as that of our clients, visitors and guests. GenreCon has adopted this policy to ensure that we minimize the threat of injuries associated with weapons or props on our premises. As such, possession of certain types of weapon, outlined below, is prohibited while on company premises and anywhere else that company business is conducted. Due to the nature of our business a series of guidelines for safe weapon and prop rules have been established.



  • All GenreCon attendees, exhibitors and staff must comply with all Federal, Provincial 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.
  • GenreCon attendees are, under no circumstances, allowed to possess or bring to the convention grounds any actual weapons. Unlawful possession of weapons is an offence and will result in denied admission into the convention or prosecution.
  • All weapons and props must be in plain sight at all times and are subject to mandatory inspections performed by GenreCon staff or security staff. As a general rule, no metal prop weapons are allowed. Additional rules are outlined below.
  • Any weapon, prop, or item not covered in this policy must be inspected by security staff at the Prop Check Desk; these items will be dealt with on a case by case basis.



Prop Check Desk

Attendees who come to any GenreCon event with a prop may be stopped by show staff or security and sent to the Prop Check Desk. At the Prop Check Desk, GenreCon staff will inspect that your prop complies with the below GenreCon rules and regulations regarding props.


If approved, GenreCon staff will issue a sticker to be placed on your entrance pass. If GenreCon staff does NOT see this sticker while on the show grounds, you may be asked to store your prop or go to the Prop Check Desk.


If not approved, attendees have the option of storing their prop in their car, home, or hotel room.


For full rules and regulations regarding props, please see below.

Guns and projectile weapons

  • Live firearms including airsoft, modern, hunting or historic, either functioning or de-commissioned, are not permitted at any GenreCon event. 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.
  • GenreCon 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 props or weapons are deemed unacceptable by GenreCon security, attendees will be asked to check it with security while they are on the convention grounds.


Refusal to do so will result in being banned from the event without refund and local authorities being contacted.


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 being banned from the event without refund and local authorities will be contacted.
  • If you buy a metal sword, knife or martial arts weapons at the convention, this is covered below.
  • Blunt weapons such as baseball bats and hockey sticks are prohibited.

Prop weight and shape restrictions

  • 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 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 without refund.
  • Props with an excessive weight are subject to approval by security at the convention entrances or Prop Check Desks. 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 removed from the convention.
  • Please consider how heavy your props are because you’re going to either be carrying them all day, or be forced to remove them from the con if they are deemed too heavy to be at the event.

Items purchased while at GenreCon

  • Attendees who purchase imitation or replica weapon such as metal movie swords or knives from the Vendors/Exhibitors 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 GenreCon staff in their original packaging. If GenreCon prop check team approves the item, it may be used in accordance with our props and 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 until they are leaving the event. Failure to comply will result in being escorted off premises and banned from the event without refund.


Important Legal Stuff

GenreCon will not be held legally responsible or liable for any misconduct, damages, injuries or death resulting from the actions of any GenreCon attendee. Any inappropriate behavior or misconduct by any attendee will be not be tolerated by GenreCon or local authorities. Please use your best judgment and discretion by refraining from swinging weapons around, or using them in intimidating or threatening manner.


If you have any more questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to email us supporter@lynnvander.com.