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Gun Seller Booted for Hawking Replicas at Comics Convention

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Monday, 22 Aug 2016 11:43 AM

An Illinois gun manufacturer selling non-working replica firearms at the Chicago Wizard World Comic Con convention was ejected because organizers didn't like that his main business was "actual, real-life weapons."

DS Arms was kicked out after fans — who dress up as their favorite comic-book characters, buy and sell merchandise, and meet the genre's writers and illustrators — complained it was inappropriate for a real gunmaker to be hawking firearms, even though they were fake.

But the gun company's owner Dave Selvaggio said the ouster didn't make sense.

"Maybe 90 percent of people walking around in costumes have (presumably fake) firearms. Just because people are fans of comic books and sci-fi doesn't mean they're not interested in protecting themselves and their family and their belongings," Selvaggio told The Tribune.

Wizard World representative spokesman Jerry Milani told The Comics Reporter:

"[DS] was to have displayed and presented imitation, costume Star Wars and other movie/comic type weaponry. But, as it has come to our attention that the organization markets and sells actual, real-life weapons, we have elected to not retain them as an exhibitor at the event.

"Wizard World Comic Cons celebrate many facets of pop culture and entertainment. The vast majority of these are suitable for all ages; some are intended solely for adults. We are committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment options within our venue and associated businesses, with safety a top priority."

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