Following increased security & the complete ban on prop weapons at #PhoenixComicon, guests have been subjected to very long lines & wait times (“hours”) in the Arizona heat with some passing out. Frustration due to both the long wait times and people not being allowed to have their props inside the convention is also high.
News coverage of the arrest of a heavily armed 30-year old man at #PhoenixComicon resulting in the banning of all #PropWeapons beginning tomorrow. The man was carrying 3 handguns, a shotgun, ammunition & knives. He was also wearing body armor and was dressed in all black. A tip alerted police to the man’s intentions that likely averted a very serious situation.
If you know anyone carrying firearms to conventions or other #costuming or #cosplay events, please do not hesitate to contact local authorities.
All prop weapons have been banned at #PhoenixComicon after a man carrying real firearms & ammunition was arrested by police at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The 30-year old man was wearing body armor, was carrying three handguns & one shotgun, along with ammunition, a knife and a variety of handheld weapons. The man intended to harm Phoenix police & had been taking pictures of officers, including those patrolling Phoenix Comicon, then posting them on social media. A woman who knows the man alerted police to his activities.
A spokeswoman for Phoenix Comicon said this regarding prop weapons: “Please leave them (prop weapons) at home or in your vehicles, since they will not be allowed into the facility.”