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Update: An Anime Expo volunteer who's manager works with the exhibitors for this year's convention has reached out to us regarding this story. One correction in regards to the selling of weapons at this year's Anime Expo. The vendor can display the weapons at the booth, but can not sell them directly, and hand over the weapon to the customer on the show floor. They can sell them, and have them ship out after the convention is over.
With a week away from this year's Anime Expo event, Anime Expo as announced a ban on selling weapons as a vendor. In previous year's vendors were able to sell replica weapons in the dealers hall, and the customer would be able to receive the weapon inside the convention. Recently the Los Angeles Police Department has instructed Anime Expo to not sell weapons at the convention.
Detailed in an email a vendor received from Anime Expo, the email lists the details of the ban.
The weapon policy for Anime Expo states:
"This includes firearms, knives, curio, relic, antique firearms, any form of ammunition, any item designed or manufactured with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, whether carried openly or concealed, even if any such weapons are inoperable or unusable, and irrespective of whether you are licensed to possess such weapon. Items that may otherwise be legal for you to own or carry are not welcome at any Event if they violate this Weapons policy. The following are examples of weapons that you CANNOT bring to an Event:FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, HANDGUNS, BLOWGUNS, TAZERS, 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, BALI-SONG (BUTTERFLY) KNIVES, AXES, HATCHETS, METAL POLE-ARMS, CLUBS, WOODEN/METAL BATS AND PADDLES, HUNTING BOWS, ARROWS, NUNCHUCKS, BRASS KNUCKLES, WHIPS, PEPPERSPRAY/MACE, POWER TOOLS, STILTS, VUVUZELAS, ANY ITEM DESIGNED OR MANUFACTURED WITH THE INTENT TO CAUSE DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY, ANY ITEM THAT IS ILLEGAL IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, OR ANY ITEM THAT APPEARS, IN SPJA’S SOLE DISCRETION, TO BE DANGEROUS OR WHICH WOULD POSE OR PLACE OTHERS AT RISK OF HARM, IMMEDIATE OR OTHERWISE."
While many people are worried for their cosplays that use weapon like props, this ban does not effect cosplayers. Again as stated in their weapon policy:
Prop Weapons Are Allowed Only If They Are Peace-Bonded by Weapons Check.
With the recent events of the incident at Phoenix Comic Con, this comes to no surprise of Anime Expo heightening security in all measures to make sure that there won't be a similar situation to happen at this year's Anime Expo. The only question left in this story is can vendors get a refund after finding out about this new information from Anime Expo who were planning to sell weapons at the convention. We reached out to Anime Expo for comment at this time. We will update this story as it develops.
Phoenix Comic Con incident
Anime Expo Weapon Policy