Weapons Policy

Weapon Policies:

  • We reserve the right to refuse any weapon on the convention floor for any reason. The Ops department has the final say.
  • All prop weapons must be taken to Ops to be peace bonded as soon as you arrive at NDK.
  • It is highly recommended to submit a picture to us in advance of the convention to determine if your prop is allowed. Ops has the final say at-con and will ask you to put your prop in your room/car if it fails to adhere to these policies. Send your inquiries to [email protected] and please provide photos if possible.
  • If you are caught brandishing any prop in a threatening manner (even if you’re joking around), or if you are caught fighting with a prop, your badge will be punched, and you will be asked to take your prop off the convention floor.

 

Real Guns:  No firearms are allowed at NDK nor on Sheraton property as per hotel policy. Police will be notified if firearms are brought onto the premises, and you will be banned from the convention permanently. No exceptions, even if you have a concealed carry license.

Ammunition: No real or realistic-looking ammunition or incendiary devices are allowed.

Airsoft and Paintball Guns: Cannot have working parts, and must be painted a light unrealistic gun color.

Prop Guns, (realistic shape): Absolutely no metal prop guns of any kind.  All prop guns must have orange tips. The body of prop gun must be painted a light, non-realistic color. Colors not allowed are: black, grey, silver, gold, brown, metallic, and any color of camouflage. Metallic accent colors are allowed if it is less than 10% of the total body of the prop gun. We should be able to tell your prop gun isn’t real from a 50-foot distance.

Prop Guns, (non-unrealistic) If the weapon is non-realistic in appearance, any shade of body color is acceptable.

Metal Swords, Knives and Throwing Weapons: No steel or metal blades are allowed; no exceptions. No shurikens, boomerangs, throwing weapons, or items that look like them, including fidget spinners. Pocket knives are allowed if the blades are 5’ or less, and cannot be drawn on hotel property.

Weapons Purchased in the Dealers Room:  If you purchase a realistic weapon from a dealer, you must put it in your car or room immediately and keep it in its original packaging.

Wooden swords, bats, prop canes, staffs, etc: Are allowed. All wooden props must be brought to Ops as soon as they come on to the hotel grounds to be peace bonded.

Bows and Arrows:  Bows and arrows are allowed, however: no tips on the arrows, and all bows must remain unstrung for the entirety of the convention. To have your weapon approved and peace bonded, the bow must be unstrung (tied on one end only). If we see you stringing your bow or nocking an arrow, even for a picture, your badge will be punched and you will be asked to take your bow off the con floor. You may hold the arrow in place for pictures with the bow unstrung.

Whips: Are allowed, and must be kept on the hip. If we see you swinging it (and not just posed for a photo), we will punch your badge and you will be asked to take it off the con floor.

Mostly non-metal prop weapons: If your prop has a metal handle, or hilt, (ex: a Lightsaber or wooden sword), with a metal hand grip or hilt, this is acceptable.

Metal Props: Are not allowed. Including metal bats, chains, leashes, handcuffs, oversize tools, pipes, shovels, stop signs, etc. If it’s metal, longer than 10 inches and/or you could seriously hurt someone by swinging it, it’s not ok.