Weapons Policy

Weapon Policy at Matsuricon

NO LIVE STEEL will be permitted on the premises, without exception. Live steel is defined as:

Swords, bayonets, and knives (regardless of whether or not they are sheathed)

Star knives and shurikens, Metal armor, including chainmail (some exceptions may apply. Please check with Con Ops)

Other objects made of metal which can have an edge. This holds true regardless of whether the object is actually sharp.

No glitter may be used on costumes.


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Airsoft guns, any and all kinds, regardless of whether functional or not. A non-functional Airsoft gun with no moving parts is still an Airsoft gun.
  • BB and other pellet guns
  • Crossbows, dart guns, and blowguns
  • Water guns and/or pistols
  • Stun guns and Tasers

The ONLY exception to this rule will be “prop” or resin models that are easily identifiable as toys, provided that they possess no moving parts and are clearly marked with a non-removable orange tip. The exception is with Airsoft guns; they are never acceptable — see above.

Bows may be carried in the convention space, provided they are is not attached to the bow in a taut (tight) fashion.  Additionally, authentic arrows (tipped or non-tipped), including crossbow bolts and other projectiles, will not be permitted.

NO “PADDLES,” of any sort will be permitted at the convention.  This includes, but is not limited to, Yaoi/Yuri Paddles.

No explosives or chemicals of any kind including, but not limited to: smoke powder, sparklers, or fireworks.

Finally, if it is illegal in the City of Columbus and/or State of Ohio, it is illegal inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Columbus, and the Crowne Plaza Columbus.  Illegal weapons will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Permitted Weapons

Staves, Bo sticks, Boken, Shinai, and wooden swords will be permitted as long as they are handled responsibly and meet all other criteria.

Fake, prop, or made-up weapons (i.e. made of tissue paper, plaster of Paris, cloth) are permitted if they are safe and not dangerous to others around you.

Examples of dangerous conditions include, but are not limited to, items that may trip others, items that can snag on people or surroundings, items that obstruct doors and hallways.

Prop weapons shall be limited to less than six feet six inches (6’6″).

Any chain must be less than three feet (3′) in length regardless of material. This includes, but is not limited to, chain wallets and non-costume chains.

Prop bows may be carried in the convention space, provided they are is not attached to the bow in a taut (tight) fashion.  All bows must comply with all other general policies – no live steel or sharp edges, and not more than 6’6″ in height. Prop or toy arrows clearly marked as such are allowed. If our staff feels your bow or materials do not meet all of these criteria, you’ll be asked to remove the prop immediately from the convention space.

Behavior with Weapons/Props

Misuse of a weapon or prop, such as swinging it in a public area or posing a hazard to others, will result in the weapon or prop being deemed unsafe for the convention, and you will be asked to remove the item from the convention center. Any edged or other non-permitted weapons purchased in the Dealer’s Room must be boxed and removed from convention center property immediately. Weapons are not to be taken out of their

packaging or wrappings while on Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Columbus, and the Crowne Plaza. All props and weapons brought into the convention may be inspected for policy compliance by authorized Matsuricon staff, including those that may have had prior approval (other conventions, previous conventions, or pre-convention approval by Matsuricon staff).

Any item that poses a potential safety hazard may need to be removed from the convention.  This includes any costume, prop, or accessory that obstructs doors or hallways, or otherwise poses any kind of danger to other attendees, staff, or convention space property.  When in doubt, check with Matsuricon staff.

Remember: just because a staffer has not stopped you to check your item does not mean that the item is allowed.