Alec Baldwin, on Monday, Nov. 8, suggested it was time to leave the responsibility of weapons control down to police officers at movie sets.
“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,” he wrote on social media.
His call for a better firearms management system came weeks after he accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, both of whom he regarded as his friends, with a prop gun on Oct. 21. They were on set to make the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Fox News noted Baldwin’s proposal was not a new idea, as New York City already has a similar rule in place. But nationwide, not all states have implemented the procedure.
After the unfortunate death of Hutchins, calls for a stop in using real weapons on movie sets echoed widely. Five days after the tragedy, a petition was ignited to demand Hollywood ban the use of lethal firearms in movie sets.
Attorney for “Rust” head armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed suggested the live ammo could have been deliberately leaked onto the set by a person who wanted to “sabotage the set” to “prove a point.”
“There was a box of dummy rounds labeled ‘dummy,'” the attorney told NBC News, reassuring that his client did not neglect basic checking procedures. “We don’t know whether the live round came from that box. We’re assuming somebody put the live round in that box.”
The ongoing police investigation has not concluded any charges against any person.