July 22, 2016 (San Diego) either this year Comicon is enforcing policy that has been in place for years, or this is a new thing. This is the policy:
Costume Props Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at Comic-Con. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:
All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Costume Props Desk, located near the outside door in the lobby of Hall E.
All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.
Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.
Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at the Costume Props Desk.
At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Exhibit Hall.
After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.
Security will escort you to the Costume Props Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.
If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume props to Comic-Con. All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Costume Props Desk.
We have been hearing that costume wearers, engaging in what is known as Cosplay, have even been denied entrance for having very realistic looking props, such as Star Wars Blasters. Maybe I have missed my cue, but last time I checked Blasters are pure non functional movie props, and I cannot find one that actually fires at Bob’s Guns and Tackle. But maybe I missed that and an actual side arm, such a Ruger is the same as a blaster. If that is the case, would be fun to burn, literally, through the target. And as the Mythbusters proved, you can safely jump out of the way.
There is more. Ultra big foam swords are also a problem. I mean full body sized swords. We understand checking weapons to make sure that nobody really brings functional weapons. Some movie props look very much like actual weapons. A good example would be in years past, all our Stargate troops running around with air softM-4 carbines and AR-15s. We get it, but sometimes things can take away the fun factor. Oh and those cosplayers would not get in these days.
The photo above is from last year I wonder if that cosplayer would be allowed in with not too much of a hassle this year? He has some of those very realistic props.