After two full days of complaint-free safe play, Royal Holloway forced the organisers to suspend play over unfounded "health and safety concerns". They have argued that NERF guns used by players are in violation of firearms regulations in the UK and could "cause a gun scare" on campus.
However, the College has ignored several facts:
(1) HvZ has been played by "over 650 colleges and universities across the world, as well as high schools, military bases, summer camps, and public libraries" .
(2) The game had two days of uninterrupted play in which there were no complaints made to any moderators. It has even been reported that one lecturer, upon hearing about the game, high fived a student.
(3) NERF guns follow UK firearms legislation, primarily the Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2006 and the 2007 Statutory Instruments . In the aforementioned legislation realistic imitation firearms are defined as having: "an appearance that is so realistic as to make it indistinguishable, for all practical purposes, from a real firearm; and is neither a de-activated firearm nor itself an antique" . NERF guns follow the 2007 regulations to the letter.
(4) NERF would not be allowed to mass produce and sell these products in high street stores such as Tesco if they were in violation of firearms law. Yet, surprisingly, they do...
(5) No NERF guns are allowed to be seen in public under the game's rules to prevent "gun scares".
Through signing this petition you are showing the College that they cannot bully students out of a game that has been safely played across the world since 2005.
[It should be noted that the sections mentioned or quoted in legislation above are as follows:VCR Act 2006, s.38; VCR Act 2006 Regulations 2007, ss.6-7]