Wasn't sure where to ask this, but I'm doing a Belmont cosplay, and as such would like to know if a whip would be permitted under your weapon policy.
Costumes & WeaponsWeapons and items that appear to be weapons are not allowed at Gen Con. Self defense, recreational and utility items such as knifes, tazers, pepper spray, BB guns, cap guns, air-soft weapons, paintball guns, water guns, martial arts weaponry, including wooden practice weapons, etc, are not welcome, even if it is lawful to own and carry them in other public places. Off duty security, law-enforcement and military personnel are not allowed to bring their weapons to Gen Con. Items resembling futuristic weapons, fantasy weapons and non-projectile boffer weapons may be allowed provided they are not handled in a careless, threatening or destructive manner against persons or property.Questionable items can be brought to the Information Desk in the convention center during operating hours to be checked for compliance with this policy. Some events may provide exceptions to this policy under strict circumstances defined by that event. Items purchased in the Exhibit Hall that violate this policy must be wrapped and immediately removed from the convention premises.20th & 21st century uniforms may not be worn as costumes. These include any uniform that can be construed as a military uniform from any country or a uniform worn in an official capacity, such as security guard, police officer, deputy, fire marshal, paramedic, etc. Active duty military personnel are permitted to wear their government-issued uniforms.Gen Con Event Staff or security personnel may inspect any item or costume at any time during the convention. Failure to comply with these policies and/or the instructions of Gen Con Event Staff or security personnel may result in immediate removal from the convention without refund.If you have any questions about these policies, please contact [email protected] before the convention or visit the Information Desk in the convention center during operating hours.
(This is from the Gencon website)
My guess is, as it does not SPECIFICALLY say anything about whips, as long as it is clearly peacebonded in some way so you can't use the thing (tied into a loop with red yarn so it hangs on your shoulder for example), it should be fine.
But best to check with them to be sure. They might need photos or something.
(Although that bit about "costumes that may be construed as a 21st century military uniform" makes me glad I'm NOT bringing my Honor Harrington RMN uniform cosplay. Awk-ward. *g*)
That is not an exclusive list. An actual whip is a weapon, and weapons are not allowed. We don't peacebond weapons, we just don't allow them. A fake whip would probably be ok.
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I emailed the above address and was told whips are okay as long as I don't use it.
A couple zip ties around it may not be a bad idea.