The Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles, California (The largest anime convention in North America) recently posted their revised weapon policy for props at their convention.
Here's an excerpt from their weapon policy:
"Water guns, squirt guns, and non-functional toy guns (toy guns that do not launch any form of projectile) will only be approved if they are one of the following colors: white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple; either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern; or are transparent or translucent. "
In the past, many 501st members have also attended this convention. But with the revised weapon policy, Imperial Stormtroopers and Mandalorians would not be allowed to carry their blasters around, unless it's painted with bright colors at this convention
And yes, Jango Fett's blaster will also be disqualified because it's silver.
(Somehow it doesn't look right to me to have Boba Fett carrying a bright neon yellow colored blaster.)
At their forums, a costumer asked if a Imperial Snowtrooper blaster falls within the guidelines of their weapon policy.
The Anime Expo staffer answered with:
"The black Snowtrooper rifle, though it is meant to be a "futuristic weapon", it's not obviously so. Even less so if the gun were to be viewed from a distance. The white plastic toy alternative on the other hand will be allowed."
In the past, Anime Expo has been very lenient with their weapon policy but strangely enough, they have gotten more & more restrictive each year.
This policy actually isn't unique. There are other anime cons that are even more restrictive with their weapon prop policy.
So far, Dragon Con and San Diego Comic Con has been quite lenient with their weapon prop policy as compared to conventions like Anime Expo. The Star Wars Celebration conventions have also been lenient with their weapon prop policy. (The Los Angeles Police Department didn't have a problem with the 501st carrying their blasters.)
What do you all think? Are conventions in the future going to get more & more restrictive with their weapon prop policy? Is this a growing trend among conventions or will it remain with just a few conventions?
I hope the day never comes when Mandalorians/Imperials/Rebels/bounty hunters are not allowed to carry any type of props or costume at a convention.