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WEAPONS POLICY

Canberra Geek Markets follows the following five Core Cosplay Guidelines (much like SupaNova) for cosplayers to follow in order to get the best experience out of the weekend. Below them, we go into further details about what items are restricted or prohibited at Canberra Geek Markets.

DISCLAIMER: Weapons and Props required to be held are done so at the owner’s risk. While every care is taken to make sure that items brought to or at the event are safe, Canberra Geek Markets takes no responsibility for any damage dealt to props, weapons or cosplay items either on the person, or kept in the weapons check-in desk.
Below is more specific information about a variety of cosplay costume and prop related items which are restricted and should not be brought on site as well as what may be allowed provided items are inspected by weapons check upon arriving at the event.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COSPLAY & PROPS

Canberra Geek Markets is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone. If you feel like you are being harassed, pressured into doing something you are not happy with or are otherwise uncomfortable, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Canberra Geek Markets Staff or a volunteer. You can find these people by looking for a Canberra Geek Markets shirt. You also have to option of visiting the Canberra Geek Markets Promo Team booth with any problems. For more information about our code of conduct, read our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.
Heavy props can be dangerous, particularly in crowds like the ones you might encounter in the vendor’s arena at Canberra Geek Markets.  We ask that all attendees keep in mind the weight of their props and costumes and make sure they will not cause any damage or become too unwieldy during a full day of fun at Canberra Geek Markets.
Canberra Geek Markets will allow props or weapons which are up to 1.5 metres in overall length onto the show and exhibition floor. If your prop is larger than 1.5 meters and you would like to carry it around, you are required to email info@CanberraGeekMarkets.com.au 14 days prior to the event, and have it checked at the Weapons Checkin desk where will do a final inspection to see if it is safe to carry into the vendor’s hall. If you’re carrying your prop at any Canberra Geek Markets event, including outside of the vendor’s arena, please remember to be aware of your surroundings and consider the comfort of your fellow attendees at all times.
Props made from metal, glass and other materials that can be heavy or dangerous in any other way will have to be presented to Weapons Check for assessment. The weapons check team will be aiming to make sure that props are unlikely to cause any damage to people and property, even if the damage is accidental. Hazardous Materials includes but is not limited to: bio-hazardous, combustible and dangerous chemicals.

COSPLAY/COSTUMES, ARMOUR, SIZE & ACCESSORIES

Cosplays and Costumes are a huge part of Canberra Geek Markets, however there are times where some parts of a costume are potentially a risk to yourself and those around you. Below are some helpful guidelines to make sure your Canberra Geek Markets is an awesome experience for all involved.

Metal Armour, Spikes and Metal Shields are allowed if they are deburred and safe for a public space. Sharp edges pose a risk to yourself and others. Even blunt spikes can pose a hazard in crowds. Barbed wire is not acceptable in any form on prop or on a costume due to a tendency to snag and cause damage.

Wings are allowed to be worn. However, please be aware of the space you take up. Knocking over a crowd of people every time you turn around is not a fun way to spend your weekend! It is a good idea to make your wings small enough that they will not cause you or the people around you any problems in getting around. Maybe you can make them so that they fold up for times when you’re on the show floor. If that’s not possible, feel free to take them to weapons check for storage while you explore.

Large scale and super elaborate costumes: can be Mega-impressive but also difficult to get around in! We don’t want to see your hard work damaged and wouldn’t want other attendees tripping over your costume so please be aware of the space around you and the crowd. Where possible, it is a good idea to have a friend along to help take care of you and your costume. It may be a good idea to bring along a change of clothes in case you want to explore the convention more easily out of costume too!

should be easy to remove if requested by security and staff. This will also make it easier for you to eat, drink and communicate – three very important parts of any expo! Please make sure body paint and fake blood is sealed and applied correctly as they can damage property and other people’s costumes. (Glued Prosthetics will be asked for ID.)

Canberra Geek Markets is a family friendly event, so some costume choices are not appropriate. Just be sure that what needs to be covered is covered (breasts, groin and buttocks) and be aware of costume malfunctions throughout the weekend and make sure your costume is not culturally insensitive or in poor taste. You may either be asked to cover up, change out of the costume or asked to leave the event without a refund.

While being in character: it’s important to remember that not everyone will appreciate your intention of bringing the character to life. Just be aware of other patrons, staff, guests and exhibitors at Canberra Geek Markets and be conscious of what you say and do. Getting right into Cosplay is awesome, but understand there are boundaries to what is acceptable.

FIREARM & PROJECTILE WEAPONS

Canberra Geek Markets defines firearms under two separate categories, Toys and Imitation/Replica Firearms. Toy Firearms are generally sold in toy shops and are made in multiple colours and usually with brightly colour tips on the end of the barrels to clearly identify them as such. Imitation/Replica firearms mimic the actions, appearance and construction of the actual working weapon, and are considered dangerous to have in public, requiring licences in many state and territories of Australia.

Actual or Decommissioned Firearms, BB or Airsoft, Sports Weapons, Metal Replica, Cap Gun, Ammunition, Militaria/Collectors Pieces are NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to be brought to Canberra Geek Markets so please leave them at home.

Orange or Red Tip (either painted or taped) is requested for all firearm-related props. We have tape at Weapons check which you can attach to your prop if required. A removable Orange or Red Barrel plug is acceptable and can be removed for photos, but must be placed back once finished.

No Projectiles are permitted loaded into any toy capable of firing such a payload. This includes but is not limited to: Nerf or Foam Darts, Gel Caps, Arrows or Bolts, Powder Caps, Explosive or Power Charges, Any liquid etc. Nerf Guns are allowed, as are bows and crossbows, as long as they are incapable of firing any projectile.

MELEE, SWORD, STAFF & SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Metal Weapon Props are strictly prohibited on site. This including and is not limited to the following: Daggers, Knives, Swords, Ninja Stars, Metal Chains and Metal Baseball Bats regardless of item sharpness, blunt edges, live blade or training replicas. These items can cause serious damage to persons or property, and they are to remain at home. Examples of materials which are acceptable include Timber, Plastic and Foam.

Lightsabers may be carried by both Jedi and Sith, however, we don’t encourage anyone to engage in combat or perform spins and tricks with them in and around the venue. Lightsabers can be metal hilts and either polycarbonate or wooden blades.

Baseball Bats made from metal, aluminum or wooden are prohibited in and around Canberra Geek Markets. These items pose a very high risk for a blunt force injury due to weight and the way they are often carried over a shoulder.

Kitchen utensils, tools and miscellaneous accessories will be examined on a case by case basis. Frying pans are generally fine, however actual tools (power, garden or hand operated) are not allowed. Examples including but are not limited too: axes, shovels, cutting or slicing implements and puncturing devices.

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