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Weapons Policy
(1) Summary
The goal of the Pacific Media Association (PMA) is to create an environment where attendees can enjoy themselves as much as possible. However, this must be done without affecting the experience of others. This requires the cooperation of all attendees and the use of common sense and courtesy when costuming. PMA bears no responsibility or liability for any damages or injuries incurred by the use of costumes, props, or weapons. Any infraction may result in further tightening of our security, possibly decreasing the entire cosplay experience for all attendees. Because of recent high profile events that have heightened security and safety concerns, real weapons are prohibited at Pacific Media Expo (PMX) and other PMA events.

(2) Compliance with the Law
All weapons worn as props (simulations, replicas, etc.) must conform to all state, local and federal laws, including but not limited to the "Dangerous Weapons Control Law," Part 4, Title 2, Section 12000-12590 of the California Penal Code (CPC). All such props must be inspected and registered with Pacific Media Expo and/or the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Hilton for compliance.

California law prohibits convention attendees from carrying genuine firearms, whether loaded or unloaded. All genuine firearms must be checked with the convention facility at the door. Any persons found to have firearms in their possession (except those covered under section 12002 of the CPC) at the convention is subject to arrest and confiscation of their weapon by the Los Angeles Police Department. Furthermore, they may have their memberships revoked by the PMA and be asked to leave and check out of the participating hotel(s).

(3) Prohibited Weapons All weapons, functional or nonfunctional, such as firearms, crossbows, throwing knives, stars, bows, boomerangs, darts, flame throwers, tazers (stun guns), etc. are prohibited.

(4) Replica Weapons Replica weapons (example: Airsoft guns), which must only be used as props or display, may be allowed if the replica weapon is INSPECTED, APPROVED, AND PEACE BONDED (see Section 6 below) BY PACIFIC MEDIA EXPO SECURITY STAFF. Use of the replica weapon may be revoked at anytime without cause or warning. Los Angeles Police Department and LAX Hilton Security also have the option of revoking an attendee's right to display a replica weapon.

(5) Props All props that look threatening or can still potentially harm others must be inspected by Pacific Media Expo or the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Hilton. All parties reserve the right to insist on inspection and approval of all props. The bearer will be required to sign a legal waiver excluding anyone else from legal obligation concerning the weapon and any damages resulting from its use. Full information of the owner of the prop (membership number, room number, phone number, address, etc.) plus a description of the weapon itself will be required. This information will be kept by Pacific Media Expo and/or the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Hilton.

(6) Inspection & Peace Bonding
PMA requires that all weapons/replicas/props be inspected by Pacific Media Expo Security. Peace Bonding is the process of marking and/or binding of props. In certain cases, props may be bound in such a way as to render them unusable. Peace Bonding is performed at the Pacific Media Expo Security room or at designated locations around the convention. Peace Bonding may also occur anytime at the discretion of Security staff on the field. Even if the weapon/replica/prop has already been peace-bonded, any security officer or personnel may reinspect the item at his/her discretion. The owner/bearer of the weapon/replica/prop is solely responsible for the weapon/replica/prop and its usage at all times, even if he/she is not the wielder, and even if the weapon has been inspected.



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News

The Bun Truck
The Bun Truck will be appearing on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12 PM to serve lunch at PMX! (11.10.13)

Addition to "Magi" We're announcing that Tony Oliver and Cristina Vee will be joining the rest of the "Magi" cast at their panel on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. 11.09.13

Food Truck Change
FISHLIPS Sushi's appearance is canceled. White Rabbit Truck will be at PMX2013 for lunch and dinner hours. (11.09.13

Program Schedule
The final version of the PMX 2013 Program Schedule is now available. For all schedule updates and the map for 2013 click here. (11.07.13)

Forever Alone?
Looking for that someone just for you? Check out Singled Out - Anime Style on Friday, November 9. (11.07.13)

PMX is Mobile!
You can now find PMX on Guidebook. Schedule, maps, alerts and more on your iOS and Android devices for free! (11.06.13)

K-Pop
PMX is pleased to announce our first ever K-Pop Dance workshop and a K-Pop Showcase Presented by SIA Entertainment for PMX 2013. (11.05.13)

Masquerade Update The rules and guidelines for Masquerade have been updated with the times for masquerade, office hours and mandatory meeting time. (10.31.13)

Preliminary Schedule
The first draft of the PMX 2013 Program Schedule is now available. Check out schedule updates and the map for 2013. (10.31.13)

Say Cheese
This year, PMX will debut our photo studio room. The room will feature different photographers at different times of the day. (10.31.13)

Scavenger Hunt
The Fashion Scavenger Hunt returns! Win prizes by exploring the convention and solving puzzles. (10.30.13)

Blue Rose Academy
School is back in session at PMX as Blue Rose Academy returns for 2013 with a new schedule of classes. (10.29.13)

Welcome Home
At PMX 2013, come join The Blue Rose Cafe for fun and games at the PMX Maid Cafe. (10.28.13)

Industry Guests
PMX welcomes Magi: Labyrinth of Magic voice actors Erik Kimerer, Lucien Dodge, and Erica Mendez as industry guests for 2013. (10.28.13)

Welcome Back
Domestic voice actress Marianne Miller and Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series creator LittleKuriboh return for PMX 2013.(10.28.13)

Deadline Extended
The deadline for complimentary pass eligibility for Industry and Press has been extended to Nov. 6th. (10.28.13)

Industry/Press Reg
Registration for Industry and Press are now open. (10.24.13)

Swap Meet Info up
Swap Meet table sales open at 7:00pm, Friday 10/25. Click here for details. (10.24.13)

Vocaloid's Back!
By popular demand, Vocaloid diva Hatsune Miku returns in an unofficial concert at PMX! (10.18.13)

It's a Masquerade!
Additional details are now available for the PMX Masquerade including our emcee and halftime entertainment. Space is still available. (10.18.13)

Fashion Update
PMX is pleased to announce our featured vendors for our Fashion Boutique and the participating brands in the PMX Fashion Show. (10.17.13)

Une Petite FetÍ
Join Une Petite FetÍ to welcome designer Mari Nakamura of Juliette et Justine, to PMX 2013 for her first ever US appearance! (10.11.13)

BACK-ON Priority
Guaranteed seating is now available for the BACK-ON concert. See "Concerts and Ticketed Special Events" on our Registration page. (10.10.13)

KOR Creator
PMX welcomes Kimagure Orange Road creator/artist Izumi Matsumoto as our Manga Artist Guest of Honor. (10.01.13)

Weiss Schwarz
Bushiroad will host a free-to-play Weiss Schwarz tournament at PMX on Saturday, Nov. 9. (09.25.13)

Application Update
The application for The Way of the Stick and Blade martial arts tournament is now available. (09.25.13)

Artist Market Reg
Registration for spots in the Artist Market will go live on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Please visit the Artist Market page for more info. (09.22.13)

Hall Cosplay
Planning to cosplay at PMX? Outstanding. Before you come to PMX, please read the updated rules for 2013. (09.20.13)

FMA Returns
The Way of the Stick and Blade returns to PMX. Tournament Application coming soon. (09.16.13)

Kigurumi Pajama Party
Back by popular demand. The Kigurumi Pajama Party returns to PMX. (09.11.13)

Panel Reg is Open! Would you like to present a Panel or Workshop at PMX? Click here for more information. (09.08.13)

Clockwork Couture
PMX is proud to welcome Clockwork Couture into the PMX Fashion Boutique. (09.06.13)

Press Policies Online
Please note that Press Policies have changed somewhat this year. (09.04.13)

Industry Policies Up
Please note that Industry Policies have changed somewhat this year. (09.04.13)

Masq Reg Opens
Masquerade rules and guidelines have been posted and online registration is now open. (09.01.13)

AMV Contest 2013
PMX announces the return of our Anime Music Video Contest. Find out more information on how to participate here. (08.22.13)

Help Wanted
Would you like to attend PMX at no charge? With a little work we can make that happen! Please see our volunteers page to find out how. (08.16.13)

dolldelight
PMX is pleased to welcome back dolldelight as part of our fashion lineup as part of the PMX Fashion Show. (08.13.13)

The Snow Field
PMX welcomes The Snow Field to our fashion lineup for 2013. (07.18.13)

Go Team Venture!
Michael Sinterniklaas, voice of Dean Venture in The Venture Brothers and Kenji Koiso in Summer Wars will be a PMX guest of honor. (07.18.13)

Book Your Stay
The Hilton LAX is now accepting reservations for PMX 2013. See the Location page for more information and location guides. (07.12.13)

Registration Open
Online pre-registration is now open! Full badges are $40 until September 5th. (07.05.13)

Ready to Rock
PMX welcomes jrock band BACK-ON as music guest of honor. (07.04.13)

Fashion Forward
PMX proudly announces fashion guest of honor Designer Mari Nakamura of Juliette et Justine. (05.24.13)

Coming Soon
Stay tuned to this webpage. PMX is all set to start making announcements. (05.22.13)

Save the Date!
PMX returns to the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in 2013. Mark your calendars for November 8-10, 2013. (04.20.13)




 
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