Route 66 Con is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees. To that end, we are implementing the following weapons policy, effective immediately.
Please read this entire policy before attending the convention. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention, up to and including without refund.
In regards to prop weapons, we consider those to be homemade or commercially rendered costume prop weapons that support the overall look of a costume or character, including futuristic prop weapons made to look like phasers, ray guns, light sabers, etc.
Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood, lightweight plastic, or other light materials.
Bows and crossbows will only be permitted if they are absolutely prop in nature – no tension on the string beyond what it takes to keep it straight, and arrows should not have any form of tip. You are NOT permitted to bring arrows with metal tips into the event under ANY circumstances.
No items can have sharp points, sharp edges, excessive weight or any other features that could be deemed dangerous to others.
All prop weapons must be checked at the “Prop Inspection Point”, where show staff will inspect the prop and issue a sticker or band to be placed in a visible area on the prop. PLEASE HAVE TO YOUR PROP INSPECTED BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE SHOW! EVERY prop will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
You may be asked to take further measures to make the prop safe before it will be given approval. Be prepared for this contingency. Approved prop stickers/bands must be visible on your prop at all times. Removing the prop sticker/band is a violation of the Weapons Policy and will result in immediate expulsion from the convention. Any approved prop weapon may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the convention center or convention security staff for reasons including, but not limited to, the item being utilized or brandished in an inappropriate fashion or if complaints are received regarding its improper display.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Route 66 Con:
NO functioning live firearms. This includes modern guns, hunting guns, historic guns, air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns.
NO realistic replica firearms. This includes reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms – either metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber. Futuristic looking space guns or blasters are fine as long as they are not easily confused with a real gun.
NO functional projectile weapons. This includes NERF guns of any kind, blow guns, functioning crossbows, functioning long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns. No props or weapons capable of firing any projectile or powder charge of any kind.
NO sharpened metal-bladed weapons. This includes axes, daggers, hatchets, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades. Anything with a sharp edge would fall into this category.
NO explosives. This includes firecrackers and fireworks.
NO chemical weapons. This includes mace and pepper spray.
NO blunt weapons. This includes brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku.
NO hard prop weapons. This includes props made of metal, fiberglass or glass. LIGHTSABERS ARE OK.
NO laser pointers. 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.
NO items that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns.
NO whips unless zip tied and tagged as an unusable circle.
Route 66 Con reserves the right to refuse entry of any prop/weapon it deems unfit for any reason. Any misuse of a prop/weapon (horseplay, dueling, fighting, running/swinging, firing, etc.) is grounds for removal and or ejection from convention premises without recourse, up to and including legal action depending on the severity of the offense.
PLEASE NOTE that if you violate any of the above rules you WILL be asked to comply or to leave the convention. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are asked to leave by a member of convention security team, or staff, you are required to comply with their requests or risk intervention by law enforcement. These decisions are based on the discretion of the security or staff member you are dealing with at that exact moment.
Do not attempt to skirt these rules. Do not attempt to play games with security or staff. Use common sense. If you cannot abide by the rules, please stay home. We will not endanger or put any of our attendees at risk because you want to have a more authentic costume.
Route 66 Con reserves the right to amend or change these rules at any time for any reason to provide for the safety, security and general wellbeing of attendees and the public.
Please note that this inspection process may slow your entry into the convention. We will be working diligently to screen everyone as swiftly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience but we are committed to attendee safety.