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rab96 (Becca)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:14 am    Post subject: Prop Weapons and Events Reply with quote

Hey everyone! I wanted to pass this on from the LCO on the events that happened over the weekend. Please read and take into consideration of how we use our props.

Thanks!

Rebecca

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I think many of you are aware of an incident that happened in Southern California this weekend. It involved a troop that Sunrider Base and Southern California Garrison was trooping for Star Wars Reads Day.

Here a few links to some of the stories:

https://ktla.com/2019/10/12/star-wars-costume-at-silver-lake-library-sparks-report-of-gunman/

https://www.theeastsiderla.com/neighborhoods/silver_lake/star-wars-stormtrooper-scare-at-the-silver-lake-library/article_aa4e4bca-ed5e-11e9-a3f0-b3b24f774360.html?fbclid=IwAR12ObULSIx2iycs8Q0vrScJMlu_AmlZBxqGb68HEikjpyLq2RPYy7cUyx0


First, and foremost I want to state the trooper, who was dressed as a Shore Trooper with the 501st Legion, did nothing wrong and behaved in a professional and appropriate behavior. The quick response from the Garrison and Base at the event helped with the deescalation of the incident.

I wanted to highlight this to both Command and Membership to use this a reminder and a learning experience to help offset this in future. Our troopers safety is our first priority in the Rebel Legion.

Here a few suggestions and reminders to help us manage venues and events:

1.) Prop Weapons - We all know our prop weapons are just for pretend and sometimes forget that others in the general public do not realize this. The more real world the prop blaster or weapon looks the more it can cause alarm. Rebel ERT prop blasters are modified M-16s and AR-15s and thus can look more realistic to general public and even law enforcement than even E-11s which are based the WWII era Sterlings.

If prop weapons are allowed at the venue and is sanctioned by Base Command and the EC, be cognizant of possible reaction you can illicit from the general public.

These are not Rebel Legion rules, but things for you and your Base to consider and have a talking point to start a discussion. Each Base should have policy that is tailored to their region. Obviously, areas that have experienced real life acts of violence may have a lower toleration than other areas. Also local, state/provincial, and national laws should be known and enforced. These always supersedes Rebel Legion or local Base policy.

Points to Consider and Responsible Use of Prop Weapons:

A.) Do not point prop blasters and weapons at people even if they make the request. Be polite though.

B.) Do not act threatening with the prop weapons at events.

C.) Be very careful passing off prop weapons to event participants. Once it leaves your hand you loose control of it. Even lightsabers make an effective club that could accidentally hurt the public or other members of the costume groups.

Also, never hand a minor any prop weapon without parental consent.

D.) In this day and age, I would avoid any execution poses due to inappropriate image that it makes to the public and as representatives of LFL IP. Remember we are the heroes. Smile


E.) Always comply with requests from law enforcement. Never move fast or in a threatening way with a weapon. Comply with the requests in a calm and slow non threatening manner. Remember in the right situation even removing a bucket quickly could be perceived as a threatening motion.

2.) EC and Venue - Always communicate well with the venue and have set expectations that are worked out in advance. The venue communicating to the local law enforcement agencies that an event is going in the area can help.

Be aware a single character can be more threatening in appearance than even a large group costumed characters. Helmeted characters should have someone either with them that has an open face or checking on them in close proximity.

3.) Always use common sense. If you have to think too hard about it you should probably not do it. Its better to err on the side of caution and get opinions from other members and command. If deemed appropriate it can be done at other events and it can fully be thought out.

At the end of the day the safety of our membership at events are our top priority. We also want the freedom to set rules and policies to make the most of the experience we provide to the kids and fans. Thinking and acting responsible in costume will help insure this for the Rebel Legion and the rest of our Community.

May the Force be with you, always!!

--Bill
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