Westercon 54: Policies

Westercon 54 is a weapon-free convention. This means the carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted, except as part of a Masquerade contestant's costume, and then only during the Masquerade. The Special Events department must give prior approval for the use of a weapon as part of a costume. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

In addition to the prohibitions in the Oregon Revised Statutes, the Convention Committee defines as weapons any object designed to cause bodily harm, or any replica of such an object and any other object the Committee determines to be dangerous. However the Committee reserves the right to amend this definition of a weapon, and the right to impound weapons for the duration of the convention.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped before they are taken out of the room.

The committee realizes that most people who would like to carry and wear weapons are sensible and careful individuals. However, because of the present liability laws, the risk of weapons causing accident or distress, and to preserve relationships with convention hotels we have had to adopt this policy. The safety of convention members has to be our overriding consideration.

Smoking is not allowed in any convention space during Westercon 54. Posted restaurant and/or bar smoking areas are exempt from this policy, as are private sleeping rooms.

No animals are allowed on hotel property except ADA compliant working animals.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a Westercon 54 membership.


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