Flame Con is asking you to leave your toy guns at home.
Because guns are not toys. Guns are not accessories that can be flaunted in public without inherently making light of their intended use—while simultaneously making many people deeply uncomfortable.
If you bring a toy gun to Flame Con, no matter how unrealistic it might look or feel, you will be asked to check it.
Can you do a successful cosplay of Black Widow or Vash the Stampede without a gun? We think you can! If your cosplay isn’t quite complete without a gun, we’ll help you adapt to our new policy by providing some creative alternatives to traditional guns that you can pose with. Your cosplay at Flame Con will help our community make a strong, colorful statement against gun violence, and our culture’s toxic love of firearms.
Spread the word! Flame Con will not allow the following items:
- Any weapon of any kind—bladed or projectile—that looks or feels real.
- Any kind of gun or simulacrum of a firearm, no matter how fake it looks.
- Any prop that is heavy, hard, or sharp enough to injure a person (Err on the side of caution).
When crafting your props, keep it light and keep it safe. You can do a lot with foam!
At Geeks OUT, we are committed to creating spaces that are safe—both physically and emotionally. Join us in making Flame Con a place where we can all enjoy ourselves!