Just a friendly reminder to our patrons who will be attending Tumbleweed in costume: Per our event agreement with the Simi Valley Police Department, “There shall be no firearms or replica firearms allowed to be brought onto the premises by the public.”
We ask that you leave your sidearms, including toys, replicas and steampunk designs at home. Now, did you know, this was actually a law in many towns of the Old West? Including the legendary Dodge City? Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA shares this story from one of his published books:
“When Dodge City residents organized their municipal government, do you know what the very first law they passed was? A gun control law. They declared that “any person or persons found carrying concealed weapons in the city of Dodge or violating the laws of the State shall be dealt with according to law.” Many frontier towns, including Tombstone, Arizona—the site of the infamous “Shootout at the OK Corral”—also barred the carrying of guns openly.”
At Tumbleweed, the only people you will encounter wearing a prop sidearm will be the actor playing our town sheriff, and a group of professional re-enactors who will be doing gunfight recreations at specific performance times. We appreciate your understanding and following of this rule. Above is a picture of the actual sign which visitors to Dodge City were greeted with in the year 1879.