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Alec Baldwin says cops should be on every movie set that uses guns to ‘monitor safety’


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Alec Baldwin says cops should be on every movie set that uses guns to ‘monitor safety’

Actor Alec Baldwin wrote on social media Monday that a police officer should be present for every movie production that uses guns, “fake or otherwise,” following the on-set mishap that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin, who shot and killed Hutchins on the set of his Western “Rust” in late October after he was handed a gun he was told was safe, posted the missive on his now-private Twitter account early Monday.

“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,” Baldwin, 63, wrote, sharing the same message to his Instagram account.

Typically, that burden falls on trained professional armorers who oversee weapons on-set and follow strict safety guidelines, which “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed claims she abided by in the moments leading up to the on-set tragedy.

The self-proclaimed gun expert, the daughter of famed Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, went as far as to say the live round that killed Hutchins may have been the result of “sabotage” and someone could’ve intentionally placed the active bullet among the dummy rounds.

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Here is another candidate for dumbest idea of the year, after all we've heard about defunding the police, now we need them to monitor actors and movie sets.

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27 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

W HY have real guns on movie sets at all ????

:unsure:

 

Prop guns aren't 100% safe, either. Anything that uses live ammo has an element of danger (and yes, blanks with a primer or powder are live ammo even if they don't have a bullet).

Specially constructed prop guns with restricted barrels and loading hampers are much safer, but they're also much more expensive and usually have a long lead time (further adding to the expense). It's the difference between a $400 gun off the shelf you can buy today and $1,800 to rent a prop for a week, and you have to schedule it months in advance to ensure it'll be available. 

Just like anything else to do with guns, the danger isn't in the weapon, it's in the person using it. 

 

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