The Rocket City Anime Con (RCAC) Weapons Policy is a summary of items that are not allowed at the convention

We know rules are no fun, but they keep you and all of our other attendees, crew, and vendors safe. All props brought to the convention MUST be brought to the Prop Check station across from the Registration to make sure it adheres to the following rules. Once verified, we will ask you how you hold your prop, and affix a special (removable) band to your prop where it’s out of sight for photos for maximum convenience.

This is referred to as “peace-bonding”, an old-timey word which here means placing a symbol on your otherwise intimidating prop to signal that your prop is safe and your intentions are (presumably) peaceful.

Bladed Weapons (Swords, Knives, Axes)

  • No Metal bladed weapons of any kind (Swords, knives, axes, etc)

Projectile Firing Props

  • You may possess projectile firing weapons if they have been permanently and substantially disabled.

  • Bows, crossbows, etc, must be destrung

    • Airsoft, BB, Nerf, blow, and Paintball guns, etc:
      • Must have a permanent orange tip on the muzzle
      • Must have an orange stripe, at one inch wide, on all of the following applicable parts: grip, handle, receiver, stock.
      • You may not carry any ammunition
      • No magazine installed in device
      • Barrel must be plugged
      • Trigger group must be removed if possible


Blunt Weapons (Staves, Bats, Maces, Wooden Katanas, Hammers)

  • Cannot be composed of solid metal (metal detailing is permitted)

  • Wooden bats are permitted but will be reviewed year-to-year

  • Metal nails or spikes of any type must not be protruding from all blunt weapons

  • May not be swung except in designated photo areas for action shots

  • Props heavy enough to cause injury may be declined on a case-by-case basis

Cylindrical (Staff Poles, Flags, Banners)

  • Prop must be under 7 ft in length and/or under 25 lbs in weight.

  • May not be made of steel or metal PVC and plastic piping is allowed

  • May not be swung except in designated photo areas for action shots

  • As a courtesy, please review flag etiquette when carrying a national flag (such as the US flag)

  • Selfie sticks are currently permitted but will be evaluated on a year-to-year basis

Bulky Costumes (Wings, Gundams, Fursuits, Stilts)

  • Use a handler if your vision is significantly impaired (a handler is another attendee who will escort you around the convention)

  • Wings must be collapsible or removable to prevent impending crowds in tight spaces

  • Cosplayers may be asked to remove stilts if staff believes there is a significant tripping hazard

  • Cosplayers may be asked to remove bulky items in tight spaces or crowds

  • Costumes must not have the ability to shoot projectiles of any type

External Accessories

  • Powders, sand or flashbangs for visual effects within public spaces are not allowed

  • External speakers, especially if continually playing loud music, which are considered a public nuisance will be removed from all public spaces

  • All props must not have the ability to use sound effects that can be mistaken for realistic weapons

  • Cigarette props must be unlit or unable to emit vapors

  • Real food for food props cannot be used

  • Food packaging props must not contain real food

  • Prop bottles may only contain water or dyed water as it will be checked to ensure it does not contain illicit substances

  • Scooters, skateboards, bikes, inline skates, ice skates, roller skates, and hoverboards from attendees are prohibited within all convention and public spaces.

Shoe Policy

  • Shoes, slippers, sandals or lyricals must be worn at all times in public spaces

  • Shoe removal is allowed for photos only


  • Rocket City Anime Con does not provide storage or handling of Cosplay Props

  • There are no public lockers within the convention spaces

  • Props left behind or unattended may potentially be confiscated and discarded

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