The Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place Sept. 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center has announced that their weapons policy for 2017 will prohibit bringing weapons of any kind into the convention.

The convention notes a recent law passed by the Baltimore City Council that makes owning replica guns illegal.  Among the weapons that will be banned by The Baltimore Comic-Con include:

  • Firearms of any kind (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns)
  • Replica firearms (including reproductions, or toy guns that can be confused for actual firearms)
  • Any projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons, and water guns)
  • Bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, sword canes, and switch blades)
  • Explosives of any type (including black powder, firecrackers, and fireworks)
  • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Blunt weapons (including bats, mallets, brass knuckles, clubs, and any type of martial arts weapon)
  • Prop weapons made of anything besides soft plastic or foam.

Interestingly, apparently the con will still allow vendors to sell prop weapons. However, as they note in their announcement, purchasers must keep the weapons in the original packaging or remove them from the convention center.

The weapons policies of conventions have become a more important issue in recent months, in part based on a situation where a manufacturer of real guns purchased a booth at a Wizard convention and also sponsored the Armory weapons exhibition at Dragon Con.