Since the Great Lakes Comic-Con takes place at a community college in the State of Michigan, we are bound by not only State law concerning weapons at school, but also the College's policy. This policy applies to vendors, as well as attendees.
Similarly, the Great Lakes Comic Expos take place at local community venues where each location (Trinity Lutheran Church/School of Clinton Township, Michigan and the United Foods and Commercial Workers' Hall in Madison Heights, Michigan) has a specific "no weapons" policy for any event hosted at their location. We must follow this policy for our event.
While Cosplayers are always welcome at any of our events, it is typically our February Comic-Con where a greater majority of costumed players attend. At times, some character costumes possess something that can be defined as a weapon.
Therefore, we are posting the weapons policy of Macomb Community College below, so that attendees understand what the expectations and rules are concerning weapons, or anything that might be deemed a "weapon".
If you have any questions about this, please Contact Us.
Also, here's a well-written article about how the issue of costumed players and weapons is being addressed at comic-cons at the national level.
The Great Lakes Comic-Con will follow the philosophy described in this article:
Security staff will be present during all show hours of the
Great Lakes Comic-Con, and an on-duty/armed police officer
from the campus will be present during the event at Macomb Community College.
From MCC's College Rules and Regulations Page
No person, other than law enforcement personnel or a person authorized by the Director of the College Police Department or his or her designee, shall possess a weapon on property owned, leased or otherwise in the possession of the College.
As used in this policy, the term "weapon" shall mean: (1) firearms; (2) explosives or explosive devices including, but not limited to, fireworks, firecrackers or firearm ammunition; (3) knife, stabbing instrument, brass knuckles, blackjack, club, or other object specifically designed or customarily possessed for use as a weapon; or (4) an object or substance, not normally considered a weapon, that is used in a threatening or harmful manner likely to cause bodily injury or death.