Weapons Policy

ANIME MATSURI understands that carrying props and replicas is important to many fans as part of the convention experience. Fans of prop weapons or other items permitted below must understand that they use and carry them at their own risk and assume all risks of liability to and from anyone injured or otherwise harmed directly or indirectly by the fans acts or inaction. ANIME MATSURI shall not be liable for injury, harm, damage, or other liability associated with any person`s use of any weapon, permitted, or banned, at ANIME MATSURI.

You may not be permitted to carry any kind of functional projectile weapon. This includes individuals who possess a weapons permit or concealed weapons permit. Keep them at home. Anyone found in possession of such a weapon will immediately have their membership revoked. Individuals caught in the illegal possession of a functioning projectile weapon will be reported and turned over to the proper authorities. All other items that could be used as a weapon MUST be peacebonded.

All bladed items must be kept in their sheaths at all times in the convention space. Weapons should never be waved around in a manner that may be construed as use of the weapon (this is considered brandishing).

Brandishing any weapon-like item is NOT permissible. Brandishing is defined as drawing, exhibiting, or using any weapon whatsoever in a rude, angry, or threatening manner or using a weapon in any fight or quarrel.

Gun replica or other replica projectile weapons should not be pointed at anyone at any time. Replica pistols need to remain in a holster; replica rifles need to be slung.

Paddles (all varieties-including “yaoi paddles”) are not allowed.

No functioning or previously functioning projectile weapons or portion thereof, including but not limited to Air Soft, Nerf, or pellet guns will be allowed

Exotic weapons will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Do not bring weapons that Anime Matsuri Staff, Convention Security, Hotel security, Houston Police Dept., and Montgomery County Sheriffs cannot tell are fake from ten feet away.

Weapons that are purchased in the dealers room at ANIME MATSURI must be kept wrapped and then immediately removed from the convention following purchase.

Drawing a weapon in the convention space, including parking lots, may result in immediate revocation of convention membership. Keep in mind, police will assume all drawn weapons are functional, and will act accordingly. .

These rules are for your safety and the safety of ANIME MATSURI. We are posting and enforcing these to protect you the con-goer, and our staff from harm be it physical, or legal. The rules are NOT open to interpretation nor will they be a point of argument. The rules are final and if they are broken, your badge can and will be pulled and you will not be allowed to participate in any future ANIME MATSURI events.