Real Guns: No firearms are allowed at SFC nor on Hilton property as per hotel policy. Police will be notified if firearms are brought onto the premises, and you will be banned from the convention permanently. No exceptions, even if you have a concealed carry license.Ammunition: No real or realistic-looking ammunition or incendiary devices are allowed.Airsoft and Paintball Guns: Cannot have working parts, and must be painted a light unrealistic gun color.Prop Guns, (realistic shape): Absolutely no metal prop guns of any kind. All prop guns must have orange tips. The body of prop gun must be painted a light, non-realistic color. Colors not allowed are: black, grey, silver, gold, brown, metallic, and any color of camouflage. Metallic accent colors are allowed if it is less than 10% of the total body of the prop gun. We should be able to tell your prop gun isn’t real from a 50-foot distance.Prop Guns, (non-unrealistic) If the weapon is non-realistic in appearance, any shade of body color is acceptable.Metal Swords, Knives and Throwing Weapons: No steel or metal blades are allowed; no exceptions. No shurikens, boomerangs, throwing weapons, or items that look like them, including fidget spinners. Pocket knives are allowed if the blades are 5 inches or less, and cannot be drawn on hotel property.Weapons Purchased in the Dealers Room: If you purchase a realistic weapon from a dealer, you must put it in your car or room immediately and keep it in its original packaging.Wooden swords, bats, prop canes, staffs, etc: Are allowed. All wooden props must be brought to Ops as soon as they come on to the hotel grounds to be peace bonded.Bows and Arrows: Bows and arrows are allowed, however: no tips on the arrows, and all bows must remain unstrung for the entirety of the convention. To have your weapon approved and peace bonded, the bow must be unstrung (tied on one end only). If we see you stringing your bow or nocking an arrow, even for a picture, your badge will be punched and you will be asked to take your bow off the con floor. You may hold the arrow in place for pictures with the bow unstrung.Whips: Are allowed, and must be kept on the hip. If we see you swinging it (and not just posed for a photo), we will punch your badge and you will be asked to take it off the con floor.Mostly non-metal prop weapons: If your prop has a metal handle, or hilt, (ex: a Lightsaber or wooden sword), with a metal hand grip or hilt, this is acceptable.Metal Props: Are not allowed. Including metal bats, chains, leashes, handcuffs, oversize tools, pipes, shovels, stop signs, etc. If it’s metal, longer than 10 inches and/or you could seriously hurt someone by swinging it, it’s not ok.
At SFC we have a zero-tolerance anti-harassment policy. Intentional Physical, Verbal and Sexual Harassment will result in permanent expulsion from the convention. We at SFC want everyone to feel safe, and it is important for everyone to respect each other’s personal space, and be kind and tolerant to one another.
Verbal harassment includes derogatory terms, hate speech, and all manners of verbal abuse. Hate speech is legally defined as: speech that is intended to insult, offend, or intimidate a person because of some trait (as race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability).
If you feel as if you’ve experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment, please report it to the nearest SFC staff member immediately.
You may report to any staff member directly:
You may also report directly to our Operations Desk at any time:
You may report issues at any time either during or after the convention:
SFC cannot legally ban anyone from entering the con premises unless they commit the offense onsite at the convention itself -OR- there is a legal restraining order in place. If you have a restraining order in place, and wish to contact us before the convention regarding a concern, you may use our contact form for our security department.
Staff members (including leadership and SFC Directors) and Guests of Honor are also subject to the Anti-Harassment policy. If it is reported that a Staff member or a Guest has committed the harassment, that person question will be removed from the convention floor immediately, and will remain off the floor until the issue is handled.
Costumes & Dress Code
Coming to SFC? Just read this first. For everyone’s comfort and enjoyment, please adhere to the dress code (costume or no costume), or you will be asked to leave. Final approval of all props, weapons and dress are up to the Ops staff.
Code of Conduct for Photographers
In order to maintain a safe environment for our attendees, we require all persons acting as a Photographer (anyone possessing a professional grade camera ie. interchangeable lenses, larger than a point-and-shoot) to agree to the following code of conduct:
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