Rules & regulations

General conditions

Below, you can find tje Rules & Regulations.

Here you will find information about tickets, parking, access to Brussels Expo, lockers, replica weapons (cosplay)… and the house rules.

Weapon rules

  • The visitor must at all times comply with all applicable laws (national and local) relating to the carrying and use of weapons. In case of contradiction with these general regulations, the above-mentioned legislation shall prevail.
  • Instructions : You must immediately comply with any request and/or instruction relating to the weapons you are carrying and/or using and which emanates either from a police officer, firefighter and/or other representative of public order, or from a guard of the hall, or from a member of the organisation’s staff.

Categories: weapons are divided into three categories.

UNAUTHORISED WEAPONS

Functional firearms (even if they are not loaded), neutralised or demilitarised weapons, incendiary weapons, weapons designed exclusively for military use, airsoft weapons, switchblades and throwing knives, butterfly knives, throwing knives, knuckle-dusters, daggers, Bowie knives, hunting knives, alarm weapons, firearms that look like other objects, sword sticks and rifle sticks, electroshock weapons, aerosols (sprays) used for “self-defence”, nunchaku, throwing stars and silencers. Airsoft weapons are not allowed. All functional firearms, weapons subject to authorisation and weapons prohibited under Belgian weapons law will be seized by the police and a ticket issued.

AUTHORISED WEAPONS

Weapons that are clearly fake, made of polystyrene, cardboard and others. Objects that are clearly intended as toys for children up to the age of 14 (e.g. a single-coloured plastic water pistol); objects that clearly do not look like an existing weapon (e.g. a Star Wars lightsaber, a Star Trek phaser); swords and sabres that are not mentioned in the list of “Weapons that are not allowed”. So we’re not going to attack Steve from Minecraft for waving a cardboard diamond sword. We won’t turn him into a satin.

You are allowed to carry permitted weapons in the Namur Expo and Brussels Expo buildings during Made In Asia and Retro Made In Asia. You are not allowed to carry the authorised weapons at RMIA and MIA outside the Namur Expo and Brussels Expo buildings. While travelling to and from Namur Expo and Brussels Expo, you must always place MIA and RMIA licensed weapons in a closed package (e.g. a closed sports bag). It is also forbidden at all times to use authorised weapons in a threatening and/or other dangerous manner in the buildings and on the grounds of Namur Expo and Brussels Expo. Abandoned weapons will be considered as lost property (see article 11 of these regulations).

STAGE WEAPONS

Dummy weapons that do not fall under the category of “Authorised Weapons” (except airsoft weapons), but also cannot be considered as “Authorised Weapons” (e.g. a dummy weapon that looks like a weapon used in Stargate) may only be used on the stage (e.g. as part of the cosplay competition) or in an enclosed part of the fan village.

Stage weapons can be used on the stage and in an activity booth, as long as it is not accessible to the public, but you cannot carry them during the event. While travelling to and from Namur Expo and Brussels, you must always place stage weapons in a closed package (e.g. a closed sports bag), as national legislation forbids you to carry weapons in public. If you are not on the stage or in the closed stand, the MIA and RMIA stage weapon must be stored so that it is not visible. It is also forbidden at any time to use RMIA and MIA stage weapons in a threatening and/or other dangerous manner in the buildings and on the grounds of Namur Expo and Brussels Expo. Abandoned stage weapons will be considered as lost property (see article 11 of these rules).

If you have any doubts about the category of your weapon, speak to the cashier where you will be directed to the appropriate person at the Weapon Check. You are not allowed to remove your weapon from the sealed package in which it is stored until that person has told you what category it falls into.

Article 3. § 1. 1: The following are deemed to be prohibited weapons

  • Anti-personnel mines and booby traps or devices of the same nature, and blinding laser weapons;
  • Incendiary weapons;
    Weapons designed exclusively for military use, such as automatic firearms, launchers, artillery, rockets, weapons using other forms of radiation other than those referred to in 1°, ammunition specifically designed for such weapons, bombs, torpedoes and grenades;
  • Sub-munitions ;
    Locking and throwing knives, butterfly knives, brass knuckles and bladed weapons that have the appearance of another object;
  • Sword sticks and rifle sticks that are not historical decorative weapons;
  • Clubs and truncheons;
  • Firearms whose stock or barrel can be disassembled into several sections, firearms manufactured or modified in such a way as to make them invisible or less visible or so that their technical characteristics no longer correspond to those of the model defined in the authorisation to possess the firearm, and firearms that have the appearance of an object other than a weapon;
  • Firearms whose stock or barrel can be disassembled into several sections, firearms manufactured or modified in such a way as to make them invisible or less visible or so that their technical characteristics no longer correspond to those of the model defined in the authorisation to possess the firearm, and firearms that have the appearance of an object other than a weapon;
  • Objects intended to touch people with toxic, asphyxiating, tear-producing and similar substances, with the exception of medical tools;
  • Folding rifles of a caliber greater than 20 ;
  • throwing knives;
  • Nunchaku;
  • throwing stars;
  • Firearms with the following parts and accessories, as well as the following parts and accessories in particular: silencers;
  • magazines with a capacity greater than the normal capacity as defined by the Minister of Justice for a given model of firearm; sighting equipment for firearms, projecting a beam onto the target (and night vision scopes);
  • mechanisms for transforming a firearm into an automatic firearm;
  • Devices, weapons and ammunition designated by the Ministers of Justice and the Interior that may constitute a (serious and new) danger to public safety and weapons and ammunition that, for this reason, only the services referred to in Article 27(1)(2) and (3) may possess;
  • Objects and substances which are not designed as weapons, but where it is clear from the specific circumstances that the person holding, carrying or transporting them clearly intends to use them for the purpose of threatening or physically injuring persons.
    Inert munitions and armour containing depleted uranium or any other type of industrial uranium. [Law of 11 May 2007, entry into force: 20-06-2009]

 

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