Weapons Policy - Armageddon Expo
Armageddon Expo is New Zealand’s ultimate entertainment event, featuring gaming, fantasy and multimedia events for the whole family. We aim to offer a fun-filled convention experience with something for everyone in the family to enjoy, in a safe and comfortable environment. Attending any Armageddon Expo event means that you agree to comply with all rules and policies regarding the safety of all attendees, including this weapons policy.
You further understand and agree that, for your own safety and the safety of everyone at an Armageddon Expo event, Armageddon Expo staff and representatives hold the right to inspect your costumes, prop weapons and any other item you bring to the event. We may temporarily or permanently remove any attendee at any time for violating this weapons policy because every attendee’s safety is of the utmost importance.
No real weapons are allowed to be brought into the event – no exceptions
This includes firearms, knives and every form of ammunition, whether carried openly or concealed and even if the weapon is inoperable or unusable. All items brought into the event must be legal to carry in public places, but even items that may be legal for you to own or carry are not welcome at our events if they violate this weapons policy.
The following are examples of weapons that you CANNOT bring to any Armageddon Expo:
FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, HANDGUNS, BLOWGUNS, TASERS, LASER POINTERS, LASER-AIMING DEVICES OR SIMILAR LASER DEVICES, EXPLOSIVES OR OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES, KNIVES, LIVE BLADES/SWORDS (INCLUDING KATANA AND OTHER MARTIAL ARTS STYLE SWORDS), DAGGERS, SWORD CANES, SWITCHBLADES, BUTTERFLY KNIVES, AXES, HATCHETS, METAL POLE-ARMS, CLUBS, WOODEN/METAL BATS AND PADDLES, HUNTING BOWS, LOOSE ARROWS, NUNCHUCKS, BRASS KNUCKLES, WHIPS, PEPPER SPRAY/MACE, POWER TOOLS, HOME-MADE STILTS, VUVUZELAS.
Prop weapons are allowed only if they have been checked by Armageddon Prop Check when entering the event
Prop weapons are inoperable weapons that support the overall look of your costume or character, for example, Nerf guns, water guns, dart guns, disc guns and cap guns are prop weapons.
ALL prop weapons must be submitted to Prop Check when entering an Armageddon Expo event. Armageddon Expo staff and representatives have the sole discretion to approve prop weapons. Prop checks are located at all entrances of any Armageddon Expo event.
We may revoke the allowance of carrying a prop inside an Armageddon Expo event at any time in our sole discretion. For example, we will revoke approval if you use or brandish the item in an inappropriate fashion (such as play-fighting or swinging the weapon around). We will also revoke approval if we receive complaints about the way you are using or displaying your prop weapon or futuristic device or if you tamper with the device that Prop Check staff have used on your prop to show that it has been properly checked.
In addition, to be allowed into an Armageddon Expo event, your prop must meet the following criteria:
- Your prop weapon cannot be more than 2 metres long or weigh more than 5 kilograms.
- Prop explosives cannot be made out of metal.
- All swords or bladed martial arts weapons must be blunt edged and cannot have any sort of cutting or sharpened edge.
- Metal props are banned from all Armageddon Expo events. This includes such props as lightsabers with metal hilts, and foam bats with a metal centre – metal is allowed when fixed to costume as long as there are no exposed sharp edges, for example, chainmail, bolts and hinges, small screws and nails, jewellery, goblets, cups.
- All prop bows must be unstrung or have a low-tensile thread.
- All prop arrows must have non-metal, blunted tips and must be securely fixed to quiver or costume.
- Loose metal chains must be less than 30 centimetres long.
- Non-metal chains must be a reasonable length so as not to pose a safety or fire hazard.
Carrying your props at an Armageddon Expo event
You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening. Do not carry long props over your shoulder so they extend out and potentially harm someone behind you.
You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner as long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Event staff or management may stop your posed brandishing in their sole discretion.
Please put your prop weapons away when leaving the event site at night so that you don’t attract the attention of local law enforcement.
If you buy weapons at an Armageddon Expo event
If you buy a prop or other weapon from an exhibitor at an Armageddon Expo event, you must keep it sealed in the secure packaging for the duration of the event. No prop weapon purchased at the event that does not meet the Armageddon Expo weapons policy criteria may be openly carried at any Armageddon Expo event.