PHOENIX COMICON Bans Cosplay Weapons After Real Weapons Arrest

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The currently-ongoing Phoenix Comicon has banned all cosplay and prop weapons after an incident Thursday in which a convention-goer was arrested carrying mutiple actual weapons inside the event.

An unidentified 30-year-old man was arrested at the convention on Thursday with three handguns, a shotgun, and multiple knives, according to USA Today. Phoenix police reportedly became aware of the man and his arsenal after he posted images of the weapons and messages threatening the city's police officers on social media.

Phoenix Comicon has provided a list of items banned by this move, including, but not limited to the following:

Edged weapons (swords, knifes, throwing stars etc.)
Impact weapons (clubs, bats, staffs, nunchaku, shields, hammers and martial arts weapons) 
Firearms
Archery weapons (cross bows and bolts, bows and arrows of all types)
Weapons from fictional sources (Light sabers, plasma weapons, laser, phasers etc.)
 
Other props may be allowed, including "wands, sonic screwdrivers, plushies, masks, fairy wings, empty holsters, signs attached to costumes, fur suits, cardboard made costumes and non-weapon props, dishware associated with costumes, empty quivers, hats and helmets, Power Ranger Morphers, and umbrellas."
 
Phoenix Comicon has also implemented other additional security measures, including metal detectors, an increased police presence, and more restricted access to certain parts of the convention. Phoenix Comicon urges convention-goers to prepare for an extended wait to enter the show, and has issued information for fans seeking refunds as a result of the policy changes.
 
Phoenix Comicon is currently taking place through May 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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