Alec Baldwin wants police to monitor weapons safety on movie sets

Sante Fe, New Mexico - Alec Baldwin is calling for a shift in responsibility on film sets by declaring that law enforcement should be present to monitor weapons safety.

Alec Baldwin tweeted on Monday that he believes police officers should be hired on set to control weapons safety.
Alec Baldwin tweeted on Monday that he believes police officers should be hired on set to control weapons safety.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/alecbaldwininsta & IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

The embattled Rust star and producer, who fired the Colt .45 that accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza, is continuing to speak out about the tragic October 21 incident.

He apparently believes that police would be more equipped than prop masters or armorers to protect the cast and crew. Prop masters and armorers are usually the parties responsible for weapons safety.

"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," the actor tweeted on Monday from his now-private Twitter account. He also reposted the directive on Instagram.

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In the fatal Rust case, plenty of blame has already been cast.

Although he said he’s "not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing case," Baldwin hasn’t stayed quiet since the incident and has doubled down on his defense of working conditions on that set.

On Friday, Baldwin pushed back against a claim made by former President Donald Trump — whom he famously satirized on Saturday Night Live and feuded with for years — that suggested the actor intentionally shot Hutchins because he is "troubled" and "volatile."

This came just days after Baldwin reupped a crew member’s rant rejecting the narrative that they were "overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions."

Filming has been paused and the investigation continues.

Blame is being cast on multiple crew members

A vigil was held to remember Halyna Hutchins after her death on the set of Rust.
A vigil was held to remember Halyna Hutchins after her death on the set of Rust.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

The senior electrician on the Santa Fe, New Mexico set, and many others, have publicly blamed rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed and producers for "negligence" leading to Hutchins’ death.

But Gutierrez Reed’s legal team has claimed "sabotage," suggesting that someone intentionally smuggled live rounds of ammunition into a box of dummy rounds before Hutchins was shot and killed.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ timeline of events, Gutierrez Reed entered the church set where they were rehearsing a shootout scene with firearms. She performed a safety check with the Colt .45 in front of first assistant director Dave Halls, who said he thought he saw three rounds inside the gun but admitted he did not check them before taking the weapon in his hand.

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He told investigators that "he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum," according to a search warrant affidavit filed October 27 by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement to the New York Post, Halls said he hoped "this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again."

Baldwin is now hoping law enforcement will be involved as well.

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