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Do I need an orange tip for a cardboard gun that is colored like a real gun?

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Brandon Lee Dec 12, 2018 10:14PM PST

I posted a questions asking the whole deal with orange tips and cardboard guns, but I forgot to mention that the cardboard gun was painted a metallic black with other little painted details. Would I need to spray paint an orange tip or do some other kind of modification for it to fulfill the requirements for cosplay?

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Event Ops Agent Dec 13, 2018 12:25PM PST Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Agent

Hello,

Per our Weapons Policy "If your prop weapon is a toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm, then federal regulations (15 CFR § 272.3) require that it either be translucent enough to, permit unmistakable observation of the device’s complete contents, or must have at least one of the following:

An Orange Solid Plug in Barrel: Have a blaze orange (Fed-Std-595B 12199) or orange color brighter than that specified by the federal standard color number solid plug permanently affixed to the muzzle end of the barrel as an integral part of the entire device and recessed no more than 6 millimeters from the muzzle end of the barrel; or

An Orange Barrel Marking: A blaze orange (Fed-Std-595B 12199) or orange color brighter than that specified by the Federal Standard color number, marking permanently affixed to the exterior surface of the barrel, covering the circumference of the barrel from the muzzle end for a depth of at least 6 millimeters; or

Entire Surface Coloration: Coloration of the entire exterior surface of the device in white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern."

Your prop does not fall into one of the categories listed in the first paragraph. You will not need a orange barrel tip on the end of your gun. It will still need to go through Weapons Check but you should be fine.

I hope the above information was helpful. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let us know and we will be glad to assist you.

Best Regards,

Anime Expo Weapons Policy

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