All weapons, as well as any item which might be mistaken for a weapon or made to look like a weapon, will be checked in with Operations (Ops) as soon as possible following hotel check-in. There are no exceptions to the check weapons in with Ops policy. Permission to wear weapons is conditional on the approval of the Watch, in conjunction with Ops, to whom all weapons should be brought.
If you’re not sure what constitutes a weapon, you should bring it to Ops anyway, just to be sure. There are over 700 people in close quarters for the duration of the Convention, and you’d be amazed at the damage that one person with a scythe can cause. Well, alright, maybe you wouldn't be that surprised, but if Death turns up at the Convention, we’d like to think that he’d be thoughtful enough to check his scythe and sword in with Ops.
You may think that a weapon which will not be brought out of your hotel room does not need to be checked with Ops; this is not true. Weapons in rooms have a sneaky habit of suddenly turning up in Convention areas in the dark of night or when people think the Watch aren't paying attention. The
Watch are always paying attention.
Determination of what constitutes a weapon is at the sole discretion of The Watch and Ops. People who disregard the weapons policy may have their membership revoked and be asked to leave the Convention.
Please help us help you to have a happy and safe Convention.