Gay Convention Bans Toy Guns, Say ‘Guns Are Not Accessories’

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After the shooting at the Orlando Pulse night club, a convention geared toward LGBTQ people released a statement banning attendees from bringing toy guns to the convention.

Flame Con, a geek fandom for LGBTQ, will host its second event in Brooklyn, NY, in August. As the convention usually features cosplay, the organization released a statement declaring that no guns, no matter how unrealistic they look, may be brought to the convention, reports the Verge.

[dcquiz] The press release states that in honor of those who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub, people attending the event must leave behind any toy guns.

“Because guns are not toys. Guns are not accessories that can be flaunted in public without inherently making light of their intended use—while simultaneously making many people deeply uncomfortable,” the Flame Con organizers stated in a press release. The press release included a list of items not to bring. Attendees cannot bring any bladed weapons, firearms, or weapons that could injure someone else.

Coordinators also assured fans that they added more security this year in light of the Orlando shooting.

“We have also been reaching out to concerned fans. In response to the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, we plan to bolster Flame Con’s security, and will be working with local law enforcement to ensure that even outside of the con, there will be people looking out for us,” coordinators said.

“Your cosplay at Flame Con will help our community make a strong, colorful statement against gun violence, and our culture’s toxic love of firearms,”the organizers claimed.

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