Alec Baldwin Calls for Police Officers On Film Sets With Weapons

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On October 21, 2021, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the independent Western film “Rust,” and the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, ended up dying. Baldwin didn’t know the gun had a bullet inside. In fact, he was told the opposite. When the assistant director, Dave Halls, handed Baldwin the gun, Halls shouted “cold gun,” which means the gun is not loaded with live ammunition.

Since the tragic accident, Baldwin has been spending time in Vermont with his family, but the paparazzi wouldn’t stop following him. Eventually, Baldwin stopped the car and got out to answer their questions. He clarified that he could not say anything about the fatal incident, but he did share his thoughts about guns on sets. He mused about how many times guns have been fired on sets without incident. He also explained, “It’s urgent that you understand that I’m not an expert in this field,” meaning that he is not an expert in gun safety on film sets. He was simply an actor doing his job.

Now, Baldwin is speaking out again. This time, he took to Twitter to share his thoughts about on set safety. He tweeted, “Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety.”

Multiple members of the crew have criticized the safety on the set of “Rust.” A former member of the camera crew claimed that the schedule was rushed, and things like safety meetings didn’t happen because everyone was in such a hurry every day. Other people on set claimed that the gun had misfired previously on set and that the work environment was not safe.

So far, the investigation has revealed that 24-year-old head armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had “set up” three guns and put them on a cart where they were ready to be used for the film. Then, Halls picked up one of the guns, shouted “cold gun” and handed it to Baldwin, who fired the gun. A bullet inside the gun killed Hutchins and wounded the director, Joel Souza.

The investigation has yet to reveal why there was a live bullet inside the gun and how it got there.

Do you think the fatal tragedy on the set of “Rust” would have been prevented if a police officer had been on set to monitor the guns?