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REPORT: Gun Dealer to Both Be and Not Be at Your Local Comic Con

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, August 19 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

REPORT: Gun Dealer to Both Be and Not Be at Your Local Comic Con

DS Arms' on-again off-again relationship with Wizard World has resulted in a new scientific theory, Schrodinger's Gun Dealer.

Following a series of conflicting reports about whether or not assault weapons dealer DS Arms would be present at Wizard World Chicago, and to a lesser extent Dragon Con, scientists have been forced to conclude that, until a person shows up at their local comic book convention and checks for themselves, it must be assumed that gun dealers are both at and not at every comics and pop culture convention.

When reports made their way around Twitter that DS Arms would have a booth at Wizard World in Chicago, Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter obtained a statement from Wizard World's Jerry Milani, claiming that Wizard had decided not to allow the gun dealer to exhibit:

A scheduled exhibitor at our upcoming Wizard World Comic Con Chicago event, one which had been included through a third-party partner, 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.


We reported that the convention would not have a gun dealer, and the matter was settled, but apparently, the statement must have been taken out of context, because by "elected to not retain them as an exhibitor at the event" actually meant that Wizard had elected to retain them as an exhibitor at the event. Later that day, Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool received a different statement from Wizard World, saying the gun dealer would be at the convention, but that they would not be selling real guns on site. Other sites soon followed with conflicting reports, including's Top Five Assault Weapons to Check Out at Wizard World Chicago, and a report from CBR announcing several variant covers for Marvel's Civil War 2. The confusion was so rampant that neither Wizard World nor DS Arms seemed to know what was going on, and, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the company actually set up their table at the convention for a reported 90 minutes before Wizard World staff made them take it down.


Photo of tasteful display courtesy Chicago Tribune

When Heidi MacDonald at The Beat reported this morning that DS Arms would be at Dragon Con, but not as a vendor, instead participating in an expo of historical weapons, it represented the breaking point after which no one could be reasonably sure whether or not DS Arms would be at any given comic book convention and in what capacity they would participate.

"We've come up with a new theory called Shrodinger's Gun Dealer," explained a top researcher in the field of Comics and Firearms, Professor Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "It's based the theory of Shrodinger's Cat, in which probability dictates that a cat inside of a box is both alive and dead until the box is opened. Schrodinger was later arrested for cruelty to animals because he liked to keep his cats in boxes, but his theory was sound, and it applies here. Until you arrive at your local comic con, it both has and does not have a DS Arms exhibition booth set up next to some toy booths."

As of press time, DS Arms was reportedly hiring a fleet of trucks to transport hundreds of booths around the country in order to maintain the ability to appear at any comic convention, anywhere, at any time. We'll keep you updated, but you can't really count on any report on the matter being true for more than about five minutes.


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