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Mack PopCon's goal wants its visitors and staff to be provided with a safe and healthy place to work and visit.

We are committed to making every effort in the areas of hazard control, injury protection, and health preservation to every practical extent. Any inappropriate behavior or misconduct by any attendee will be not be tolerated. In conjunction with this undertaking, the following series of safe weapon and prop rules have been established.

  1. No actual firearms: These include bb/airsoft, gel shooters, modern, hunting or historic, either functioning or de-commissioned

  2. No replica firearms: Anything that is designated a replica made from metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber is not to be brought into the event grounds.

  3. Toy/prop guns require orange tips: These are required to have orange safety tips at all times during the event, however, they can be removed for photography or competition purposes as long as they are re-attached when moving around the convention. They may not be made out of any prohibited material listed for replica weapons including metal.

  4. No firing projectiles: Props or weapons capable of firing actual projectiles of any kind are prohibited.

  5. No utilizing of powder charge or flammable fuel: Props or weapons that utilize a powder charge are prohibited, this includes (but is not limited to) cap guns. So too are any items that contain flammable fuel (liquid or gas).

  6. Nerf guns must be unloaded: Nerf foam dart-type guns, bows, and other foam shooters (including modified versions) are allowed as props, however, they must be unloaded and foam darts/projectiles are prohibited in all areas of the con.

  7. No functional bows/slingshots/crossbows: Functioning bows, slingshots, and crossbows are not permitted on event grounds. Non-functional prop versions are permitted provided they meet length requirements, are not made of metal, and have no high-tensile stringing.

  8. Real arrows and other items able to be used as projectiles from bows or slingshots are also prohibited. Prop arrows are permitted provided they are not made of prohibited materials such as metal and carbon fiber and are securely attached to your costume and not loose at any time.

  9. No laser pointers: If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it cannot function (ie. removing the batteries). If you are seen to be using a laser pointer, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the event.

  10. Active martial arts weapons are prohibited: Examples include nunchaku, throwing stars, and any weapon made for actual martial arts combat. Prop versions are permitted as long as they are not made of metal or have sharp points or edges.

  11. Sports equipment: Any sports equipment used as a prop must comply with the same restrictions as a martial arts weapon. Baseball bats in particular can be quite dangerous due to their weight and must be carried in a “down” position (ie NOT over the shoulder) when not in active use for photographs or similar.

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