No functional weapons are allowed at the Cincinnati Comic Expo. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume in compliance with the following guidelines:
Sec. 708-41. – Deadly or Dangerous Weapons in City Buildings.
(a) No person shall knowingly possess, carry or use a deadly or dangerous weapon within any city building. (Yes, this includes the Duke Energy Convention Center.)
(b) This section shall not apply to the possession, transporting, or carrying of firearms, components of firearms, or firearm ammunition as defined and regulated by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2923, Conspiracy, Attempt, and Complicity; Weapons Control and Corrupt Activity.
(c) This section does not apply to law enforcement officers authorized to carry firearms and acting within the scope of their duties.
(d) For purposes of this section, “city building” shall include City Hall, any building other than City Hall that is owned by the city or any of its boards or commissions, or any privately owned building that is leased by the city or any of its boards or commissions. The term “city building” shall include but is not limited to any building utilized by the Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District.
(e) Whoever violates this section is guilty of having a weapon within a city building, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(Ordained by Ord. No. 329-2003, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Emer. Ord. No. 154-2004, eff. April 28, 2004; Emer. Ord. No. 028-2014, § 5, eff. March 5, 2014)
Sec. 708-99. – Penalties.
Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as set forth in the sections hereunder and other applicable penalty sections of this code.
(C.M.C. 708-99; ordained by Ord. No. 361-1971, eff. Jan. 1, 1972; repealed and reordained by Ord. No. 448-1988, eff. Nov. 16, 1988)
Sec. 708-99-A. – Violation of Section 708-27.
Whoever violates any provision of Section 708-27 shall be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(C.O. 718-15; renumbered to C.M.C. 708-99-A, eff. Jan. 1, 1972; a. Ord. No. 128-1988, eff. Apr. 20, 1988; repealed and reordained by Ord. No. 448-1988, eff. Nov. 16, 1988; repealed and reordained by Ord. No. 485-1988, eff. Dec. 14, 1988; a. Ord. No. 374-2000, eff. Nov. 10, 2000; Emer. Ord. No. 028-2014, § 6, eff. March 5, 2014)
Sec. 708-1-D. – Dangerous Weapon.
“Dangerous Weapon” shall mean any instrument, device or thing capable of inflicting death or serious physical injury and designed or specifically adapted for use as a weapon, including an air gun, BB gun, bowie knife, dirk or other device passed, carried or used as a weapon. For purposes of this title, “dangerous weapon” does not include “firearm.”
(Ordained as C.M.C. 708-2 by Ord. No. 201-1980, eff. May 7, 1980; repealed and reordained as C.M.C. 708-1-D by Ord. No. 448-1988, eff. Nov. 16, 1988; Emer. Ord. No. 028-2014, § 2, eff. March 5, 2014)
If you are unwilling to comply with these policies, please leave them at home. Failure to willingly comply with the Cincinnati Comic Expo’s official cosplay rules and weapons policy may result in ejection from the convention (without a refund) and/or potential legal action, if necessary. ***All rules and regulations are subject to change. ***
Cincinnati Comic Expo reserves the right to inspect all costumes and weapons on an individual basis in order to ensure that the event remains completely safe and family-friendly. Those who violate these rules assume all responsibility in the event of injury.