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Should Film Sets Have Stricter Regulations and Oversight on Firearm Safety?

Should Film Sets Have Stricter Regulations and Oversight on Firearm Safety?

Here’s The Scoop

In a move that many see as a blow against the culture of negligence in Hollywood, “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

The tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year shook the film industry to its core and caused many to question the lackadaisical approach to safety on set.

Gutierrez Reed was found guilty due to her reckless mishandling of firearms, turning a safe weapon into a lethal one, as the judge pointed out. This should serve as a stark reminder to all in the industry that safety regulations are not optional, and that carelessness can have fatal consequences.

Sadly, this is a lesson that Gutierrez Reed seems to have learned too late. Her jailhouse calls reveal a disturbing focus on her modeling career, rather than on the life that was lost due to her negligence. This attitude reflects the self-absorption and lack of responsibility that is all too common in Hollywood.

It’s time to introduce stricter regulations and oversight of firearm safety on film sets. The tragic death of Halyna Hutchins should not be in vain but should serve as a wake-up call to an industry that has become complacent about the potential dangers involved in filmmaking.

In the end, this isn’t just about Hannah Gutierrez Reed, but about a culture that needs to change. We must demand better from those in positions of responsibility, and ensure that safety is always paramount.

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  1. Mike Diggs

    April 17, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    There’s already strict rules but like criminals ignore gun control laws, if people ignore them more isn’t going to help. If Baldwin hadn’t ignored the 4 main rules of gun safety no one would’ve been shot period my h less killed. He should be prosecuted as well

  2. Bill

    April 17, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    Absolutely! I recently saw a TV show where a guy was shooting at the gun range. Upon finishing up, he turned to a woman behind him nonchalantly pointing the gun at her for a brief second. She did the same thing when she stepped up to the line to shoot. She pointed the LOADED gun at her friend. Briefly. It was not intentional but you should NEVER point a gun (loaded or unloaded) at someone you don’t intend to shoot! I quickly understood that they obviously did not receive any training from an NRA instructor before filming. Very poor.

  3. Jerry C.

    April 18, 2024 at 4:02 am

    The failure of one person to follow proper procedures resulting in a fatality is tragic but not something with which to indict an entire industry. If it were, do you honestly believe we’d have any rights, at all, left? The armorer failed in her duties and is solely responsible for the death. Baldwin and the entire cast & crew depended on Hannah to do her job properly. Baldwin had a more than reasonable expectation that the firearm she provided him would be safe and that no one could come to harm from it. He did nothing criminal and no matter how much one may dislike the liberal twit that dislike cannot change the facts.

    • Jerry C.

      April 18, 2024 at 4:07 am

      Also, what everyone fails to realize is that, had he not shot Hutchins with the live round the armorer put in that gun he likely would’ve shot a cast member, instead, while doing the scene (with that same live round in the gun pointed at someone he was SUPPOSED TO be pointing it at!)

  4. Don

    April 18, 2024 at 9:15 am

    First, they sent the woman armorer to prison when, in fact, the culprit was actually Alec Baldwin. The person handling the gun at the time was boob Baldwin and was doing it irresponsibly. HE is the one who aimed and pulled the trigger which are both irresponsible moves. I would NEVER take a gun from someone without checking it out first. Just a simple safety precaution.

  5. noah

    April 23, 2024 at 11:55 am

    It’s a movie set. There are replica’s of almost every possible firearm. There is NO reason for a real firearm to be on the set. They do not need to actually put a bullet into anything, the impacts are going to be done by FX.

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