Cosplay Prop Weapons Policy

UPDATE: Due to recent public security incidents in Boston and other cities, we are strongly suggesting that cosplayers DO NOT bring prop weapons to Awesome Con DC. We are not changing our policy. Prop weapons are still allowed as long as they meet the guidelines specified below. But it will save you a lot of hassle if you leave them at home for this con. Also, security in Washington, DC and on the Metro is going to be on high alert this weekend. If you are carrying something in public that a police officer think is suspicious, you may be stopped and questioned.


We have received a number of inquiries about our prop weapons policy at Awesome Con. We understand that cosplay is a HUGE part of making our con “Awesome,” so we want to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe time at the con. Please read this policy and follow the rules! If you violate this policy, you could be asked to leave Awesome Con without a refund.

Any weapon that could seriously hurt somebody is not allowed. Specifically, but not limited to:

  • Functional firearms – that includes paintball, airsoft, bb guns, cap guns, any gun that shoots a real projectile or causes a real explosion.
  • Realistic firearms – any gun that could be confused for a real gun.
  • Prop weapons made of a hard material such as metal or glass
  • Functional projectile weapons – any weapon (crossbow, slingshot, etc) that discharges a projectile
  • Metal-bladed weapons
  • Whips
  • Explosives
  • Blunt weapons
  • Loud props such as whistles, horns, etc.

Prop weapons are allowed at Awesome Con, as long as they meet the following critiera; That they are composed of cardboard, foam, something light. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot.

Prop weapons will be allowed into Awesome Con at the discretion of Awesome Con staff and uniformed security personnel. Safety is paramount, we will always err on the side of caution.

Please be considerate. Security in Downtown Washington DC is much more intense than in most cities, it’s probably a bad idea to walk around in public or on the Metro with anything resembling a realistic weapon.

Finally, use common sense!

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