Los Angeles City Councilman Wants To Ban Live Guns From TV And Movie Sets After ‘Rust’ Death

In the wake of a deadly shooting on the New Mexico set of the film Rust, A Los Angeles, California councilman is supporting legislation that would ban the use of real firearms in Hollywood productions.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz introduced the resolution Wednesday, according to Deadline Hollywood.He said incidents similar to the accident Rust they can negatively affect people’s lives forever and cause permanent damage.

“While movies can be compelling and very realistic, they are supposed to be fantasy,” Koretz said during a city council meeting. “A single gun accident, let alone a fatality, like the one that occurred on the set of Rust and those who killed Brandon Lee and Jon-Erik Hexum destroy the lives of not just the victims and their families, but the lives of the other actors and crew who are forever burdened by the emotional trauma of preventable accidents. “

“The clear solution is to banish live weapons and ammunition from televisions and movie productions to eliminate any possibility of human error in handling weapons so that impeccable supervision and restrictions ensure that these types of accidents never happen again,” Koretz continued. .

The wave of controversies began after actor Alec Baldwin, who was to play the lead role in Rust, unknowingly fired a loaded backup firearm on set, the projectile was fired, killing director of photography Halyna Hutchins, and also wounding director Joel Souza.

After New Mexico authorities searched the set, they stated that they found “500 rounds of ammunition… a mix of blank bullets, dummy bullets, and what we suspect are real bullets,” including a real bullet that was recovered from Souza’s shoulder.

While no criminal charges have been filed, various issues related to the prop masters and crew members were discovered on set.

Private criticisms point to the film’s producers who allegedly hired non-union workers after several crew members left the set in protest of safety concerns. The International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) called the hires ” inexcusable “.

The replacement workers were allegedly unaware of the nature of the prop firearms, and neither First Assistant Director David Halls nor the set armorer knew that the weapon was loaded.

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