As Hollywood considers new security measures following the deadly shooting of Halina Hutchins during the filming of Rust, the actor Alec Baldwin stated today that he believes that film and television productions should hire police officers to monitor the safety of weapons on set.
On October 21 in a rehearsal of a scene from this western movie in New Mexico, Director of Photography Halina Hutchins was fatally injured when Baldwin fired a gun at him with the assurance that he was “dead” – that is, safe. However, the weapon contained, for unknown reasons, a real bullet.
Authorities are trying to find out how a real bullet was found in the weapon given to Baldwin. Lawyers for the officer who was in charge of the weapons in this film, and oversaw the weapons during filming, they said she thought she had filled it with spheres.
Alec Baldwin suggests police oversee gun safety on movie sets
Following the tragic incident, according to the Athens News Agency, producers and members of production teams are weighing whether new measures should be taken to avoid a similar tragedy in the future. Baldwin said he believes productions need to hire police officers to ensure that the weapons used in the shooting are safe.
“Every film / television production that uses weapons, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set who will be hired by the production company with a specific role of overseeing gun safety,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter.
Others have asked for it ban on real weapons from film and television sets. American protagonist Dwayne Johnson, known by the nickname “The Rock”, pledged last week to stop using real firearms during the filming of his films, after the fatal incident during the filming of Rust.