Alec Baldwin advocates for banning or limiting use of live firearms on movie sets

In the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie, Rust, the Hollywood actor is once again speaking with the press after laying low for several days after the horrific incident.

According to Breitbart, Baldwin expressed interest in a growing movement to ban or limit firearms from future movie sets, claiming he’s “extremely interested” in supporting such a move. 

“I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” the actor said.

As an alternative to using live or prop firearms, Baldwin suggested that rubber or plastic guns could be used instead.

New measures

According to TMZ, when pressed by reporters who have followed him around since the tragic movie set shooting that killed cinemaphotographer Halyna Hutchins, Baldwin admitted that it’s doubtful filming will resume for his new movie.

Baldwin also discussed with reporters the history of using guns on movie sets, and stressed how many guns have been used in the past 75 years of cinema without incident.

That’s when the actor suggested that because of the horrific event that occured on his set, new measures should be taken. “”We have to realize that when it does go wrong, and it’s this horrible catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place.”

Was it his fault?

Santa Fe, New Mexico law enforcment officials are still investigating the events that resulted in a fatal shooting with what should have been a standard prop gun with blank ammunition.

But according to the New York Post, a number of firearms experts, specifically experts who have experience on Hollywood sets, claim that Baldwin ignored the first rule of gun safety, which is to never point a gun — real or not — at another human being.

“Loaded or unloaded, a weapon never gets pointed at another human being,” said Bryan Carpenter, an experienced Hollywood firearms consultant.

“You never let the muzzle of a weapon cover something you don’t intend to destroy,” Carpenter added. “All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.”

Many legal experts believe that at the very least, Baldwin will likely be a defendant in upcoming wrongful death cases. Others believe he could potentially face criminal consequences, depending on the outcome of the police investigation.

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