Peace Bonding: All costume weapons that the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) Security and Phoenix Police Officers determine to appear dangerous, on a case-by-case basis, shall be peace bonded before being allowed into convention space. There will be peace bonding tables on street level at designated main entrances to the PCC, there will also be one located in the lower level at the main entrance of the exhibition halls. The peace bonding process will be conducted by experienced Event Security Officers/ComiCon Volunteers, and Phoenix PD. There will also be a contingent of volunteers who will perform “mobile peace bonding” throughout the convention center. Peace bonding should always be done in the following fashion:
1. Peace bonds should always be put in a non-intrusive area of the prop weapon, if possible. It does need to remain visible so that we can see it as we roam.
2. If the weapon is live steel, you must ensure the peace bonds secure the weapon inside the sheath at all times. No sharpened blade should be able to be exposed.
3. If a weapon is confiscated, there will be a roll of painter's tape and a sharpie to have the attendee write their name on it so they can identify and claim it later. Confiscated weapons will only be returned if they are leaving the convention space to return it to their room or car, or if they are leaving for the day. We are not responsible for any damage to confiscated weapons, but please treat each one with respect for the attendee.
1. All fake, prop, or homemade weapons are permitted if they are in no way dangerous to attendees.
2. Sufficiently blunt wooden staves, bo sticks, boken, shinai, and swords are permitted.
3. Bullwhips and other stock whips are permitted provided they are rolled and secured, ideally by peace bonding, and remain that way during the convention.
4. Live steel, e.g. swords or knives, is permitted provided the item can be secured in a sheath, ideally by peace bonding, and it is not removed at any point during the convention.
5. Replicas of live firearms provided they are easily identifiable as props, e.g. an orange tipped barrel, and are peace bonded.
1. Live firearms of any kind. The Phoenix Convention Center is a liquor licensed premises. Pursuant to A.R.S. section 4-229, no firearms allowed on the premises of the Phoenix Convention Center.
2. Live steel that cannot be secured in a sheath.
3. Projectile weapons. Examples of projectile weapons include, but are not limited to, pellet guns, BB guns, air guns, crossbows, dart guns, Nerf and blowguns. Exceptions may be made for non-live guns that are not loaded and can be disabled by convention security, ideally by peace bonding.
4. Flail weapons that cannot be secured.
5. Incendiary devices. All devices which spark, shoot flame, burn, smolder, or can otherwise cause combustion or which exist for no purpose other than to be lit with a combustion device.
6. Illegal weapons are prohibited. Attendees found to be carrying illegal weapons will be immediately reported to the authorities.
7. Self-defense weapons. Examples of self-defense weapons include, but are not limited to: pepper spray, mace, stun guns and tasers.
8. Flail weapons, e.g. Nunchaku, are not permitted per Arizona Revised Statue 13-3101 Section A, Paragraph 8, Sub-Section a, Part v. Quote: "Prohibited weapon": - Includes the following: - An instrument, including a nunchaku, that consists of two or more sticks, clubs, bars or rods to be used as handles, connected by a rope, cord, wire or chain, in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense." http://www.azleg.gov/ars/13/03101.htm "
Since this has been deemed illegal by the state, we will observe and enforce the local statute:
1. No Wooden or Aluminum baseball bats are permitted in convention space. Foam or Nerf bats are permitted.
2. Other examples of prohibited items are: skateboards, golf clubs, paddles, and signs that are *NOT* integral to the costume
1. All prohibited weapons purchased or won as prizes must be securely packaged and immediately removed from the convention space to be stored in private quarters.
2. All permitted props and or weapons purchased or won as prizes that are deemed to appear dangerous must be peace bonded if they are to be carried during the convention