Gun used in ‘Rust’ movie could not be fired without pulling the trigger, says FBI

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FBI testing of the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” found that the gun wielded by actor Alec Baldwin could not be fired without pulling the trigger while it was cocked.

Baldwin was holding the gun while rehearsing a scene for the western film at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico in October 2021 when a shot went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

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In December, Baldwin told ABC News that he never pulled the trigger on the gun that shot Hutchins. “The trigger was not pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin, in that interview, also described how to cock the gun while talking about the scene with Hutchins.

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Cocking a revolver pistol like the one used on the movie set involves pulling the gun’s hammer back to prepare the weapon to fire. When the weapon’s hammer is thrown forward with sufficient force – as happens when the trigger is pressed – it strikes the primer of a round of ammo, causing the weapon to fire.

The FBI forensic report was turned over to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office as part of the ongoing investigation into the fatal on-set shooting.

The analysis found that the weapon, a 45 Colt F.lli Pietta single-action revolver, “could not be made to fire without pulling the trigger”, and that, when the weapon was fully cocked, “it could not be fired without pulling the trigger”. the trigger”.

FBI examiners noted an internal malfunction of the weapon during testing in the fully cocked position, with the report noting “portions of the trigger and cylinder stop were fractured while the hammer was struck.”

The FBI report noted the limitations of forensic testing, saying that “it may not be possible to recreate or duplicate all of the circumstances that led to the firing of a firearm without pulling the trigger.”

THE CNN contacted a representative for Baldwin for comment.

A lawyer representing Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who served as a gunsmith and prop assistant in the film, said the forensic report indicated that “Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger to fire the revolver” and that the 24-year-old was being used as a weapon. “scapegoat.”

Part of the Santa Fe County police investigation focuses on how live ammunition could have found its way onto the film set.

In April, Rust Movie Productions was fined nearly $137,000 and cited for having a culture of “complete indifference to employee safety” on set, according to a report by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety’s Department of the Environment. of New Mexico.

Source: CNN Brasil

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